The idea of blessing someone is not necessarily something our culture talks a lot about. In Biblical times, the idea of blessing, was a way of interacting with others and building them up – in the case of a blessing for or from God, building them up in a spiritual way. Sometimes blessings led people into stepping up in new ways. Other times they were encouragements. Still others were affirmations.
What would it be like to bless everyone we meet? How would that change how we see others and how we see the world and our role in it?
Someone shared with me today that if we are struggling with someone, we could choose to step up and just say something simple that blesses them. Maybe it is something we appreciate about them or maybe it’s as simple as saying, “Hello, how are you?” Or maybe we pray for them that God will bless them and guide them.
In Numbers 6:24-26, last Sunday we read the blessing God told Moses to tell Aaron to say over the people:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
As I write this I am praying this over the people of Longview Chapel. As I pause to say it, multiple faces come into my mind. Who is God leading you to pray this blessing over?
Numbers can be broken down into these two sections:
1:1-10:10 – Preparation for the journey
10:11-36:13 – The journey through the wilderness
See you Sunday as we focus on the last of the 5 books of the Pentateuch, Deuteronomy.
Remember who you are and Whose you are!
Pastor Donna 😉
Home Opportunities for the week of September 1, 2019:
As you look back at your life and you “count” some of the moments when you have felt most a part of God and God’s work, what do you remember?
Read the book of Deuteronomy.
Scripture for September 8, 2019: