Acts 13:2-3 (CEB)
2 As they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul to the work I have called them to undertake.” 3 After they fasted and prayed, they laid their hands on these two and sent them off.
I remember as a child, before we allowed to receive communion, Pastor Shahan would bless us. He was tall, with big hands. He would grip the entire top of my head with his hands and speak words of God’s blessing, love and forgiveness for me. I have to admit it was intimidating at first, but I came to appreciate it. There was something awe-inspiring about receiving a blessing, knowing that God loved me. When I became a pastor, we reconnected, and he would mentor, challenge, and bless me while we broke bread together.
We need people to speak blessing into our lives, to remind us of God’s love, to strengthen us in our faith and service to the Lord.
And it’s not just pastors. My mother taught me so much, but one of the main things she taught me about was God’s love, for me and for others. God would use many others to speak blessing into my life and direct me to my life’s calling as a husband, dad, pastor and friend – Diane, David, John, Paul, Jeff, Darren, Aaron, Drew, Greg, Harold, Jeff, Julian, Sandra, Sandra, John, Scott, Kevin, Steve, Jim, Kristen, Brenda, Howard, Matt, Ernie, Kurt, Drew, Amy, Michael, Amy, Eric, Bob, Philip, Delmer, Julie, Matt, Judi, Leigh, Don, Julie, Nick, Chris, Matt, Sam, MC, Carolynn, Roger, Barbara, Michael, Rick, Mark, Mike, Jo, Kelly, Jenny, Bruce, Lewis, Edwin, and so many others, that’s just off the top of my head in under a minute. There are countless others, you know who you are…
This is biblical. Over and over, the community of God’s people speaks God’s blessing to us. Sometimes they even use their hands on our heads.
Who has blessed you? Who has reminded you of God’s love? Who are you blessing by reminding them that they are a precious child of God, loved by God?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the people in my life who have blessed me, by reminding me of your love. Allow me the honor and privilege to bless others, reminding them of your love for them. Amen.