Category: - Women in Motorcycling
 
This is the blessing i gave on Saturday at the Furies MC Women Only Bike Blessing at Mc Henry Harley Davidson:

May  the road rise to meet you and may the wind be ever at your back

May there be many sunny days for riding

And  if it must rain, may it be while you are working or sleeping so that the flowers and trees will still be beautiful for when you  ride.

May summer temperatures be just right, fall leaves more beautiful and winter as late and as mild as it can be.

May you and your path be safe from danger.

May the critters and creepy crawlies stay off of the road, and may the bugs slide easily from your windshield.

May the drivers in four wheeled and 18 wheeled vehicles be ever aware of your  presence and may their blind spots be few and their tailgating be minimal.

May you be alert, courteous, patient, and considerate of the rights of others on the road, even when they are not considerate of you.

May  your equipment run well and May you perform maintenance when needed and replace tires when worn.

May your gear hug and protect all your curves, keep you dry when the rains fall and keep you warm when the temperatures dip.

May your favorite sun glasses be ever free of scratches and may you switch to your clears at the right moment so as witness the sunset. 
 
May you ride with courage and confidence and may you have restraint on the throttle when tempted to ride unsafely.

May your nerves disappear and your confidence increase as you lean into tight corners or face long stretches of gravel.

May your hairdo by helmet be embraced as new fashion and may your vest, chaps, and boots be acceptable attire at all of your favorite restaurants.

May your U-turns be limited and your ice cream stops plentiful

May your twisties be many and may your stoplights be  few

May your passengers lean with you and not against you,

May those who ride with you lead the way, clear the lane and forever have your  back.

May your maps be ever accurate and your GPS be always updated.

May every drop of gas you pour make it inside your tank and may the gas prices drop  and your miles ridden increase

May you find new friends to ride with and old friends available at a moment’s notice.

May you be thankful before every ride for the blessing of being able to ride, but may you ever be mindful of the tremendous responsibility of controlling your machine.

May the Creator of you and me and the world in which we are privileged to ride shelter you every moment and shield you from every harm.

And may God’s face shine upon you and grant you peace for all of your journeys.
Amen.

Rev. Rebecca Butler 2012, permission granted for use as long as credit is given.

 
So... MJ (my riding mentor) and i headed out to a Bike Blessing this weekend. We didn't end up riding because the windchill was 39...and then minus the 10 from being on the back of the bike and add in the potential for rain? Yeah no.

The blessing was interesting...but it was too "Christian" for my tastes, which sounds odd considering I'm an ordained minister. But evangelical-in-your-face-jesusjesusjesus stuff just makes me crazy.

It got me really thiking about the bike blessing i'm performing for the Furies in a couple of weeks, so i've been working really hard on how i'm going to word it all.

But then I got to thinking about the blessing of bikes in general...and how in some ways it seems incongruous--like aren't bikers supposed to all be outlawy and mean and stuff? Of course not! Those who ride come from all walks of life, and MANY of us are Christians, so why NOT bless our bikes and ask God to keep us safe?

Makes perfect sense to me! I need all the help i can get.