my friend (and ys author) steve case wrote this beautiful blessing for the staff of ys, during our sabbatical 7-day weekend.
A Blessing For The Good People of Youth Specialties:
Creator and Rejuvenating God
Your servants are tired.
They have walked across a desert for you and now they stand
Take a balloon, God, one of those big ones with all the colors, and hook it up to some heavenly spicket. Let them stand together and rest. Let them know its okay to stop
Let them stand and wait as the balloon swells with your sweet water.
Let them take this moment and close their eyes and tilt their heads back and outstretch their arms.
When the water bursts let it pour down
not in a drizzle
not in a sprinkle
not in a sponge down
not even in a pouring
let it be a deluge
let it be a drenching of your love and presence
May they stand in the center of a waterfall obscured by pour God sized buckets of sweet renovating water.
let them stand firm and feel the washing away of the stress
let every speck of collected dust be wash away
Leave them standing refreshed and ready for what is to come.
Let them shake water from their hair
And feel sweet relief