A Blessing

     I mentioned last week how much I like writing the “Irish Blessing,” the following was one of my first. I now pray the blessing for all of you…



 May the good Lord,

guide your footsteps.

May your path,

be free of stones.

May He smile,

and welcome you.

When that pathway,

leads you home.


Jack Downing

                                                                         May 2010

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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10 Responses to A Blessing

  1. Jan Delaney says:

    Great writing and sentiment, Jack.

    • Thank you Jan…short and sweet.How are you?

      • Jan Delaney says:

        Good – we’re in Anna Maria Island, Florida for the month of March – what could be better? I took a 6 wk leave of absence and we drove 9 days to PA, Lex KY, Nashville, TN, Little Rock, Ark, New Orleans and Bayou areas,LA, Vicksburg Miss, Magnolia Springs AL and finally into Florida for 3/1. Were several days ahead of the devastating tornadoes. Plan was to see many of the states we hadn’t seen before. Enjoyed it immensely just seeing how/where others live. Met some really nice people along the way. Weather gorgeous here. I could get used to this, especially having a retired husband, but it will be a year or two before I can consider it……..How are you and Beth doing now that Rachel is married and living away? Tell Beth I was asking for her too.l Think of you often, even if I don’t always respond to your incredible poetry. Love, Jan

      • Wow, Gulliver has nothing on you two!!! So happy you and Tom are well and enjoying yourselves..you deserve it. I don’t think you knew that Beth had a small stroke in January, but it has(only) affected her peripheral vision slightly, (easy for me to say)in the right eye. The doctors say thatshe had a hole in her heart since birth and a small clot got through and split into two pieces. She is fortunate that it was not much more severe. They have her on a baby aspirin regimenandsimvistatin (10mg)as a preventative measure. Rachel is doing very well, her and Gregg bought a house andare living in Shrewsbury, with Melody, their rescued dog from Tennessee, what a peach…Loves her grampy.. Please give my best to everyone. BTW, thanks so much for your kind words and thoughts, hope to see you both soon. Jake.


  2. jpotblogs says:

    wonderful!bravo!i like this!
    very short but meaningful.

    • Is that what made it wonderful, the brevity?? ha ha ha..

      • jpotblogs says:

        yes! and the clarity. people sometimes get bored with reading long compositions with the meaning of it being jumbled along the words and yours did the great job of expressing it simple, straight, and substantive! 🙂

      • Thanks jpot..I know what you mean about the length of a post becoming boring and blurred..That is why I try to warn everyone ahead of time if the poem is very long, so at least to be prepared for it..Thanks again for your support and comments..

  3. mchogarty@aol.com says:

    “May your path be free of stones” I love that line…it covers a myriad of emotions for me!

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