Such blessings need to include the wild hurricane and tsunami as well as the gentle spring rain or sweet softly scented evening breeze, for if really everything is part of a wider plan for our good, this has to also include such dramatic events. As the great old spiritual goes, “He’s got the whole world in His hand… He’s got the wind and the waters in His hand…” – and all the rest too!
We bless You, Infinite One, for the incredible intricacy of nature in its thousand and one manifestations.
We bless you for the marvel of the gentle rain feeding my neighbour’s freshly sown corn field, yams or cocoa plantation and the sun which makes all things grow.
And we bless You also for the catastrophic floods, the wild tsunami or rising sea levels which are Your emergency signals telling us to get our act together and make radical changes in our economic and financial systems before it is too late. This includes deepening our compassion and developing a keener sense of solidarity with all Your children, from the Dogon farmer in Mali fighting ever more severe droughts to the villager in coastal Bangladesh whose whole village has been washed away by rising sea levels.
We bless You for the incredible marvel of this planet, including its weather systems and their sometimes-incomprehensible manifestations, knowing that “infinite Mind creates and governs all, from mental molecule to infinity,” that everything has its place in the perfection of Your ultimate plan for this planet and the universe.
So may I learn to say “Yes, thank you” to any weather condition, whether it foils my vacation plans or enables the perfect vacation, for somewhere, at a level I may not comprehend, all is on schedule!
Pierre Pradervand, author of 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World