Tuesday 24th February

Ephesians 1
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing .
In him we have redemption, according to the riches of his grace,
which he has lavished upon us.

“To give someone a blessing is the most significant affirmation we can offer.
To give a blessing is to say “yes” to a person’s belovedness.
The blessings we give each other are expressions of God’s blessings
that rest on us from all eternity.”
-Henri Nouwen

It is an essential part of all our Christian ministry to bless.
May we bring God’s blessing to all we meet this day.
Blessing comes from the Latin word, Benedicere,
which means “to speak good things”; and “to declare God’s goodness.”
So when we pronounce God’s blessing we declare God’s goodness.
We declare God’s presence. We make God present.
That is not to say God is not already present in every situation of life,
but sometimes the presence and goodness of God becomes hidden from us
behind clouds of sadness, uncertainty, pain, fear;
or we simply become so used to it we take it for granted.
So it needs to be declared, to be remade present for us in that situation.
When we declare God’s goodness and presence
we release its power in our world in our lives.
An elderly person in a nursing home once said to me
that when she receives her blessing during the service I take there
it reminds her of when her mother used to light the fire on a cold day.
She feels a warmth and glow that keeps the cold at bay.

To bless, to declare God’s goodness, is much more than a reminder that God is there,
it also reignites the fire of God’s goodness and presence in our lives.
Blessings keep the channels to God open,
they clear the channels of all the debris that life seems to pile up
and allows God’s presence and goodness to shine.
To give and receive God’s blessing is one of the most important things we do in life.