Daily Reflection

May 21

Reflection

At heart, giving a blessing is really quite simple. We innately know how to do it, precisely because it comes from the heart, from a sense of caring and helpfulness. Every time you create safety and reassurance where before there was fear, you are giving a blessing. Every time you perform an act of kindness, providing money where there was poverty, shelter where there was vulnerability, food where there was hunger, love where there was loneliness, comfort and encouragement where there was despair and depression, you are being a blessing. There is no special technique other than having an open, generous heart and a loving, aware mind.
Parker Palmer

Prayer

May all live together in blessing.

Action

Think of all those who have blessed your life.  When have you offered blessing to others? How can you be more aware?

Suggested Reading

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 

Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.
Psalm 119:2 

To give someone a blessing is the most significant affirmation we can offer.
Henri Nouwen

To bless is to put a bit of yourself into something.
Macrina Wiederkehr 

Blessing is the lifeblood throbbing through the universe.
David Steindl-Rast

Blessing is a way of acknowledging that the God who created us goes on lavishing life upon us all our days.
Joan Chittister

When we bless others, we offer them refuge from an indifferent world.
Rachel Naomi Remen

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.
Maya Angelou

The greatest blessing in the whole world is being a blessing.
Jack Hyles