Chaplain's Reflection - Fire Blessing

By Nikolai Blaskow, Chaplain

A hearty welcome back to you all: this wonderfully diverse and caring community which we call Radford College. I hope you had a great holiday and that you are ready for the rapid ascent into the stratosphere as the last stage of the rocket of 2015 soon falls behind us and thrust us all into 2016, into this ongoing adventure we call life.

I want to consider with you over these next few weeks some personal survival strategies in these very troubled and complex times, strategies deeply informed by those values which we hold dear ? that might help us along the way.

Today, let us reflect on the wisdom nurtured by our indigenous sisters and brothers for at least the last 40,000 years.

We find it enshrined in this fire blessing which has withstood the onslaughts of thousands of adversities. It is a gift to us from Burnum Burnum, activist, actor and author, who was born a Woiworrung and Yorta Yorta man at Wallaga Lake in southern New South Wales.

Fire Blessing

May the fire be in our thoughts
Making them true, good and just,
May it protect us from the evil one.

May the fire be in our eyes;
May it open them to share what is good in life.
We ask that the fire may protect us from what
Is not rightfully ours.

May the fire be on our lips, so that we may
Speak truth in kindness: that we may serve
And encourage others
May it protect us from speaking evil.

May the fire be in our ears.
We pray that we may hear with a deep, deep listening
So that we may hear the flow of water, and all
And the dreaming.
May we be protected from gossip and from things
That harm and break down the family.

May the fire be in our arms and hands
So that we may be of service and build up love.
May the fire protect us from all violence.

May the fire be in our whole being ?
In our legs and in our feet,
Enable us to walk the earth
With reverence and care;
So that we may walk in the ways of goodness and truth
And be protected from walking away from what is truth.

May it indeed be a blessing that rests on us and our community, and on this great South Land of the Holy Spirit, who is God's fire to burn the dross, to rejuvenate the parched land of our souls, and to inspire us to bigger and better and greater things.

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