A walkabout in Dublin on Christmas day

“Watch for the Creator for by always watching we can see that everything is from Him. And, we light the Hanukkah candles, for a candle is light, which hints at the need for watching.”

Rabbi Simon Jacobson on The Miracle of Hanukkah.

Last night I joined members from many Christian traditions and other faith backgrounds in Christ Church Cathedral Dublin to watch and participate in a beautiful 11 pm Festal Eucharist.

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Christian worship has been offered on this site for nearly one thousand years. Our prayers were added to those of countless generations of Christ’s people. The service was quite formal, structured and prescribed however the historic setting, candles, hymns, prayers, scripture and honest preaching from the Very Revd, The Dean was encouraging and uplifting.

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The Blessing below is a reminder on how to stay vigilant and walk in love. I used it as I walked through Dublin city centre and Dublin Docklands today. Perhaps you can turn it, like I have, into a meaningful meditation as you walk through your environment.

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A Blessing

The world now is too dangerous
and too beautiful for anything but love,
May your eyes be so blessed you see God in everyone.
Your ears, so you hear the cry of the poor.
May your hands be so blessed
that everything you touch is a sacrament
Your lips, so you speak nothing but the truth with love.
May your feet be so blessed you run to those who need you.
And may your heart be so opened,
so set on fire, that your love,
YOUR LOVE, changes everything.

(All Saints Episcopal Church)

As I walked along the River Liffey I was struck by this homeless person sleeping outside the gates of a nice Church. Why can’t Churches open their doors at night for the homeless?

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There is a body under the sleeping bag. The Christ Church minister told us last night there are over 10,000 homeless people in Ireland today and almost half of them are children.

Further up the river I reached The Customs House. A striking building, it was originally the headquarters of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise. It was burned to the ground in 1921 during the Irish War of Independence. I stood under the clock as the hands reached 1:14 pm. That time aligns with this 114 th post.

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As this year and decade comes to a close, I’d love to hear how you see the Creator “acting” in your life, and corner of the world.

What signs of the times are you noticing?
What are you watching and listening for?
Who was worth your time this past year?
Who stole your time?

Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a life long learner. I've been on a voyage of discovery since childhood so ask why a lot. I'm Irish and a bit American. I write because its freeing and healing. I love photography, theology, the natural beauty of Ireland and swimming in the sea year round. I see the world through the lens of Celtic Christianity but can try on other perspectives. The business of everyday spirituality has always fascinated me. I hope this blog challenges, inspires and encourages you. Perhaps you'd like to work with me. Please reach out to me if that's the case. I'd love to hear from YOU so please comment and let me know you are out there!

2 thoughts on “A walkabout in Dublin on Christmas day

  1. Such richness of thought in this walk about. I can hardly imagine joining a thousand years of prayers and song. The disconnect between the historic sense of place, and those who have no-place. The blessing. Thank you.

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