August 28

Reflection

To be created by Love as a labor of love for the sake of love is our primordial and greatest blessing. For us to bless is to participate in and extend that free, generous, unconditional, and initial sending forth of Divine life into the world. The one who blesses acts as a conduit through which the life, love, goodness, presence, and concern of God is made known and shared. To bless is to be a conscious and willing channel of life that is love. Whatever the circumstances that evoke the opportunity or desire for blessing, to bless always means entrusting the other into Divine love. It is to say, in essence, ‘God be with you’ or to humbly reassure, ‘God is with you.’ To bless is to be a surrogate for God.
Daniel J. Miller

Prayer

May I be a channel of blessing.

Action

Have you ever considered the power of blessing others? Do you ever often a blessing in words or writing? Have you participated in a blessing ritual? Give some thought to when it is appropriate for you to offer a blessing.

Suggested Reading

And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
Mark 10:16 

And He directed the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He spoke a blessing. Then He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
Matthew 14:19

God bless you and keep you; may God’s face shine on you and be gracious to you; the May God’s face be turned toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.
Pope Francis

Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
 Abraham Joshua Heschel

Blessings keep our awareness of life’s holy potential ever present. They awaken us to our own lives. . . . With each blessing uttered, we extend the boundaries of the sacred and ritualize our love of life.
Lawrence Kushner

You don’t have the power to make rainbows or waterfalls, sunsets or roses, but you do have the power to bless people by your words and smiles You carry within you the power to make the world better.
Sharon G. Larsen

One of the best ways to walk in love is to be a blessing to other people or simply to help them.
Joyce Meyer

This day may my thoughts bring blessing to all of life.
Daniel McGill

 

 

 

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