Friday March 10th. Numbers 6:22-27
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, 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. So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.
One understanding of the word 'bless' is 'to make holy'. At its simplest God's blessing is a way of showing us that nothing but the best is desired for us, because as holy people we will be in a full relationship with God. We so often think of a blessing as something material but in this context it is definitely about relationship.
Blessing is not always what we expect! I often wonder what Mary was really thinking when she said 'all generations shall call me blessed'. Her life certainly didn't turn out as she would have wanted or planned but she was certainly made holy. Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves us so that we can change. The Bible teaches that we are blessed, not just so we can feel good, happy and comfortable, but so that we will be at peace with God.
Lord make me holy, bless me with your love and give me your peace in my heart so I may be a blessing to others.
Ruth Parry Circuit Superintendent