Life is short.
And we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.
So be quick to love.
And make haste to be kind.
And the blessing of God Almighty:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Be upon you and remain with you always.

This blessing was taught to me by the Rev. Sara Chandler Maypole when we served together at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, from 2002-2003.
Words attributed to a Swiss philosopher, Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881).


  1. Enjoyed your sermon at St. Cyps. this morning. The blessing recited, is not one I have heard before and I love it! Thank you~

  2. Jill Ferreira · · Reply

    Thank you for your sermon at Emmanuel Episcopal in Houston today. The words in your final blessing were particularly empowering and I thank you especially for them.

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