In biblical tradition father’s spoke blessings over their children before they passed away. It is a much forgotten piece of our modern lives. When my mom was given a week to 4 weeks to live we knew her time with us was short. It was then that I wanted the blessing, maybe to make the passing of the baton official. The day before she died she asked that we (my sisters and I) read the book of Phillipians to her. I felt this was the blessing spoken to us. A treasure and blessing indeed.
Recently while listening to a podcast, singer/songwriter, Michael W. Smith spoke about blessing those who came to his concerts. Below are his words of blessings to a generation that has probably not had a blessing spoken over them. If that includes you, consider this one yours!
In the name of Jesus Christ,
I bless you with the promises of God
Which are “yes” and “amen”.
May the Holy Spirit make you healthy
And strong in body, mind, and spirit
To move in faith and expectancy.
May God’s angels be with you to
Protect and keep you
Be blessed with supernatural strength
To turn your eyes from foolish, worthless, and evil things, and to shut out
The demeaning and negative.
Instead may you behold the beauty of things
That God has planned for you
As you obey His Word
May God bless your ears to hear the lovely,
The uplifting, and the encouraging.
May your mind be strong, disciplined, balanced and faith-filled.
May your feet walk in holiness and
Your steps be ordered by the Lord
May your hands be tender and helping,
Blessing those in need.
May your heart be humble and receptive to one another
And to the things of God, not to the world.
God’s grace be upon your home,
That it may be a sanctuary of rest and renewal,
A haven of peace where sounds of joy
And laughter grace it’s walls,
Where love and unconditional acceptance
Of one another is the constant rule.
May God give you the spiritual strength to
Overcome the evil one
And avoid temptation.
May God’s grace be upon you to
Fulfill your dreams and visions.
May goodness and mercy follow you
All the days of your life.