Want to really make a difference in someone’s life? Offer them a blessing. Let them know through your words and expression how much you care about them and their well-being.
Adrian, a retired gentleman in the congregation I serve, offers me a blessing as he exits the building each Sunday. He probably doesn’t realize it, but his blessing means a lot to me. “Drive carefully and be safe going home,” he says with a firm handshake. I can tell by the look in his eyes–one of kindness, caring, and concern–that he means it. And I do feel blessed when I finally get into my car and turn the key. The fact that someone has wished me well with a simple act of blessing makes the journey homeward both more intentional and more joyous.
Think about it. We receive so many negative messages as we move through our days. We pass like ships or collide like bumper cars as we hurry and worry and scurry about. A blessing possesses real power to transcend the negative. A blessing provides common ground even between or among the most different of folks. A blessing pours healing balm into the wounded heart and calms the weary soul.
Don’t believe me? Try it. Bless someone close to you. It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate. A simple “You are important” or “May you be blessed this day with the goodness of God.” You can wish someone wellness, safety, security, peace or whatever seems right. You possess the power to bless, to make someone’s day better, to bring joy, happiness, and respite from suffering.
I give thanks for Adrian’s blessings. I am thankful for the lesson he teaches me each week in the power and importance of blessing others. The gift of blessing is free, and it is yours and mine to share prodigally.
May you be blessed this day with peace, love, and hope. Be safe now! Be blessed!
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