Lent – Day 27


Today’s Thought: Bless you.

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. (Numbers 6:24-26)

My husband has been suffering from a bad cold this week, and I’ve spent a good amount of time saying, “Bless you.” When I taught high school, I would say “bless you” to my students even when they burped, coughed, or hiccupped! “I didn’t sneeze,” they would say.  And I would tell them, “People aren’t blessed enough these days. Take all you can get!”

This quote from author Barbara Brown Taylor conveys the urgency in making time to bless others:

“All I am saying is that anyone can do this. Anyone can ask and anyone can bless, whether anyone has authorized you to do it or not. All I am 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. That we are willing to bless one another is miracle enough to stagger the very stars.”

May the Lord bless you today, and may you bless someone in return.

Friday Faithful: “The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings.  Some people have many blessings and hoard them.  Some have few and give everything away.” –Mr. Rogers