When I was sixteen years old I was able to receive my Patriarchal blessing.
It’s a special blessing you can choose to receive any time, and it gives guidance and direction from God. And yes, maybe that seems strange to someone who hasn’t grown up in the church, but I am here to say it has been such a beautiful thing in my life. I have referenced it often. It has filled me up with more knowledge that I am a daughter of God and my potential because of that knowledge. It has helped me make important decisions. It has given me comfort.
Well, fast forward all these years to the time when Lucy decided she’d like to get her Patriarchal blessing. She thought over this very carefully and decided she was ready.
She waited specifically for Grace to be home so she could join us.
It just so happened that Lucy was going through a particularly tough time in the days leading up to this blessing. And it almost seems callous to even say “tough time” because there are deep, heart-wrenching things there are no words for. I will never be able to understand how it feels to be losing your vision so rapidly when you are a teenager (the most emotionally strange time of your life without that hanger thrown in the works). When your friends start getting their driving permits and you know you’ll never be able to do that. When your friends are all gaining more and more independence and interest in different things and you are hanging on by your fingernails to do the few things you feel you can do independently. This is Lucy’s story to tell, and I do hope she will tell it at some point. But for now, I will just say this was not an easy time for this daughter of mine.
But spiritually she felt ready to get some guidance from Above.
And we felt so grateful we got to join her.
So grateful for the good man who gave her her blessing. And that we got to envelope her in our love.
And that following the blessing, we got to all be enveloped in God’s love.
Oh, during the blessing we felt it, of course, but loved being immersed in Mother Earth and the sunset and the most incredible fragrance in all the land (orange blossoms…my favorite scent ever) as a follow up.
I believe in the power of Patriarchal blessings. And also that there is power in prayer. If you have any extra prayers lying around, Lucy could use them to get through this phase. Hoping those words washing over her in her blessing from God will help as well.