I've been blessed.
No, really blessed, by very enthusiastic people who have apparently recently discovered the joys of two-color printing. They sent this blessing in an envelope COVERED with IMPORTANT information HIGHLIGHTED and UNDERLINED for my entertainment.
They also lovingly referred to me as "resident" which is a sure way to the very cockles of my heart, and then they (still on the envelope) announced that I should be sure to PASS this BLESSING along after it had helped SOMEONE in MY FAMILY. A mass-mailed chain letter blessing - it doesn't get much better than this...
... Oh but it does. You see, inside was the LOAN from the [unnamed] very OLD CHURCH which was going to produce all of these blessings. Because I care, I actually have taken the trouble to scan it. However, I am not entirely sure about whether the blessings survive translation to digital media so just be aware.
Here's the loan (partial, sorry, it's too big for the scanner):
It's a Jesus prayer mat. A paper one. It comes with instructions just in case you were confused (all of the following should be assumed as [sic]):
Look into Jesus' Eyes you will see they are closed. But as you continue to look you will see His eyes opening and looking back into your eyes.* Then go and be alone and kneel on this Rug of Faith or touch it to both knees. Then please check your needs on our letter to you. Please return this Prayer Rug. Do not keep it.
*This is quite true. Only you have to sort of focus on Jesus' Bridge of Nose rather than Jesus' Eyes. After a couple of seconds He starts giving you a rather creepy Mesmer stare. Well, unless you're Child 3 who was incapable of working the trick. Personally I think it's because Child 3's goldfish-length attention span simply wasn't up to the task.
Well, we're not about to pass up such an amazing opportunity. Child 1 was ruled out because of excess blanket at the moment; Child 3 had extensive bruising/scraping on its knees thanks to a weekend obstacle course so was considered invalid and unavailable for Prayer Rug Blessing. Child 2 however was ambushed and forcibly blessed. We then looked at the x-in-the-box categories of needs and decided that definitely the one that had a dollar sign and a nice long blank line looked good to us. We figure we'll fill in $1,000,000,000 - it's a nice round number and we can always negotiate down if necessary.
Now, you might have some minor skepticism about the power of this fine object, but you should know that last night was the Night of Kneeish Blessing, and this morning?
School was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Hey, according to the envelope I'm supposed to pass this Paper Rug of Blesserifficness along. Please, form an orderly queue.