The Practice of Blessing

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by Pastor Sharon Reid

 

Blessing is the art of being spiritually present to others in thought, attitude and prayer. To bless, is to ask God to surround a particular person or situation with love, healing, and peace.


Blessing is one of the ways disciples of Jesus are undoubtedly called to participate with God in the world.

It would be great if we just naturally knew how to bless other people, but it takes practice and we need God’s help. Try on this practice for a week or more, ask God to help you, then reflect back on how you might instill the practice of blessing into your daily life.

First, take several slow, deep breaths and release any tension or distraction. Seek God’s presence and blessing in your own life by saying…
     Bless me, God, with your love.
     Bless me God, with your healing.
     Bless me God, with your peace.
Take a few more breaths, and reflect on how God is blessing you right now.

Next, think of a good friend or loved one and ask God to bless him or her by saying…
     Bless …….. God, with your love.
     Bless …….. God, with your healing.
     Bless …….. God, with your peace.
Take a few more breaths and imagine how God might be blessing this person right now.

Now, think of someone, or a group of people, you feel you are in conflict with and ask God to bless them by saying…
     Bless …….. God, with your love.
     Bless …….. God, with your healing.
     Bless …….. God, with your peace.
Take a few more breaths and imagine how God might be blessing this person, or group of people, right now.

Finally, consider how you might extend God’s blessing further—to everyone around you, to everyone in your home, your neighborhood, your workplace, to those in your community, and eventually to all people, everywhere. Imagine what you can do to lean in and become part of God’s blessing for each person you encounter today.
     Bless all people everywhere God, with your love.
     Bless all people everywhere God, with your healing.
     Bless all people everywhere God, with your peace.
     Amen.