GIVING A BLESSING

1 Chronicles 29:10-13
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

A Morning Blessing

A Morning Blessing

Giving thanks,
blessing God,
praising God.
We often think about giving praise to God.
We many times remember to thank God
when life is good.
How many of us have ever thought
to bless God?
Why would we even think we were capable,
let alone holy enough
to do this?
But there it is.
Right there in scripture.
David,
one of us,
a human,
a sinner,
having the audacity to actually
lead a group of people,
regular folk,
JUST LIKE US,
in blessing God.
JUST WOW!!!
We can give blessing
to God,
to others!
We have been given that power,
with the expectation that we will use it.
Do not hoard your blessings!
Do not be stingy with them.
Our words are apparently efficacious.
They must be
if God would accept them like that.
If you think about it,
that is why
to curse someone
is so frowned on: the power of our words.
So spend the next week blessing,
not cursing.
Then,
see what power
your blessings have.
Not just when someone sneezes,
but try out your blessing-power randomly.
Bless you friend,
bless your partner,
bless your co-worker,
bless that one who so drives you crazy,
then,
then,
looking in the mirror,
bless yourself.
Give yourself blessings
all through the day.
Bless yourself
when you fail.
Bless yourself when you succeed.
Bless yourself when you want to
curse yourself for being
dumb,
forgetful,
sad,
crazy,
human.
Then learn to bless others
for these very same
things.
Once you discover
what it feels like to live in the midst
of blessings,
this exercise might prove
a life-changing experiment.
I’ll start:
Bless you!

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