Words to Find Calm in Chaos


Picture taken in Cherokee, NC


Jan Richardson creates "spaces of welcome, imagination, and solace with words and images". May you find healing in her poetic blessing.


"Blessing in the Chaos"

~ by Jan L. Richardson


To all that is chaotic

in you,

let there come silence.


Let there be

a calming

of the clamoring,

a stilling

of the voices that

have laid their claim

on you,

that have made their

home in you,


that go with you

even to the

holy places

but will not

let you rest,

will not let you

hear your life

with wholeness

or feel the grace

that fashioned you.


Let what distracts you

cease.

Let what divides you

cease.

Let there come an end

to what diminishes

and demeans,

and let depart

all that keeps you

in its cage.


Let there be

an opening

into the quiet

that lies beneath

the chaos,

where you find

the peace

you did not think

possible

and see what shimmers

within the storm.


Jan Richardson is an artist, writer, and ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. She serves as director of The Wellspring Studio, LLC, and has traveled widely as a retreat leader and conference speaker. sure to explore Jan Richardson's artwork, writing, and more at her blogs and websites: