All I’m saying is anybody can do this.
Anyone can ask and anyone can bless, whether anyone has authorized you to do it or not.
All I’m saying is that the world needs you to do this, because there is a real shortage of people willing to kneel wherever they are and recognize the holiness holding its sometimes bony, often tender, always life-giving hand above their heads.
That we are able to bless one another at all is evidence that we have been blessed, whether we can remember when or not.
– Barbara Brown Taylor
Offering blessings is a spiritual discipline to practice. Maybe all we know so far is to say “God bless you” when someone sneezes.
But as believers, we have so much more to offer.
As we receive our own blessings from God, we then can share them with somebody else.
What happens when we do?
1. We come nearer to the heart of God
When we consciously choose to speak God’s blessings into the lives of our friends, we press in closer to hear His heart so we’ll know what to offer. Listen to His blessings the apostles’ wrote:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
1 Peter 1:2
May the God of peace equip you with everything good to do his will.
We can use theirs to create our own blessings based on truths we’ve learned from the Lord:
May the love of the Father awaken you; may the presence of the Son enliven you; may the breath of the Spirit empower you, to hope in His grace and to follow His will today.
2. We exercise our priestly duties
Are we qualified for this? Yes! We are a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), uniquely positioned to remind others of the gifts prepared for them by our good Father (James 1:17).
We’re not called to spectate as others give blessings; we’re called to participate. To bless and be blessed (1 Peter 3:9).
3. We feed a world hungry for God
By deciding to bless others as a spiritual discipline, we become more aware of those around us needing our Savior’s sweet touch.
Who could use a blessing from you this month?
- A teacher: “May the Lord bless your work as you pour knowledge into the minds of children.”
- A friend traveling: “May your presence be light and salt in every city you enter.”
- A troubled sister: “May the Lord grow your peace by leaps and bounds and fill you with strength to endure every trial with hope.”
- Your child: “May you grow in wisdom and understanding to see God’s love for you through my love for you.”
- Your parents: “May you be richly replenished throughout your golden years for giving me life and teaching me to love the Lord.”
Say it. Pray it. Write it. Type it.
In person, in a card, in an email, over the phone. Just do it.
Friends don’t let friends live unblessed. Don’t let yours go until you bless them (Genesis 32:26).
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.
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When have you received a blessing from someone? Who can you bless this month?
A year’s worth of Spiritual Disciplines from Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, An Altar in the World:
- November 2013: The practice of being present to God
- October 2013: The practice of feeling our pain
- September 2013: The practice of purpose
- August 2013: The practice of encounter
- July 2013: The practice of the wilderness
- June 2013: The practice of walking on earth
- May 2013: The practice of physical labor
- April 2013: The practice of saying no
- March 2013: The practice of wearing skin
- February 2013: The practice of slowing down
- January 2013: The practice of waking up to God
revised from Let’s Mean It – “God Bless You!”
- On the blog—Nov ‘13
- The Needs of 3 Women