The Blessing of Hairy Toes

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“May the hair on your toes never fall out!”
— J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit (Thorin Oakenshield addressing Bilbo Baggins)

 

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It’s a safe bet my toes and your toes have never been subjected to a blessing.   But I like the idea of being blest starting from the bottom up,  encompassing my most humble and homely parts first.

The world would be a better place if we rediscovered the art of bestowing blessings–those specific prayers of favor and protection that reinforce community and connection to each other and to something larger than ourselves.   They have become passé in a modern society where God’s relationship with and blessing of His people is not much more than an after-thought.   Benedictions can extend beyond the end of worship services to all tender partings;  wedding receptions can go beyond roasting and toasting to encompass sincere prayers for a future life together.

But let’s start at the very beginning: let’s bless our hairy toes.

That is a very good place to start…

 

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“I can, with one eye squinted, take it all as a blessing.” 
— Flannery O’Connor

 

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May you always have…
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire

May those who love us, love us;
and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts;
and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles
so we’ll know them by their limping.
Traditional Irish Blessing

 

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4 thoughts on “The Blessing of Hairy Toes

  1. I love this, Emily, and I think the restoration of the practice of truly bestowing blessings on people is a powerful objective. It evokes a memory of a young Israeli man who stayed with us for a week many years ago. He was a secular Jew, but he remembered with nostalgia and tear-filled eyes, the times when his grandfather placed his hands on the child’s head and pronounced blessings on him. I’ve prayed for him many times in the years since–that the grandfather’s prayers and blessings will have borne fruit in Avi’s soul.

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  2. Indeed! They are all a ‘blessing,’ each in their and her own precious way….created by our loving God and gifted to us to love and care for….

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  3. Three things a man (or woman) needs for happiness: a cat (or dog), a chimney, and hairy toes.

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