E-votional Blessings
August 14, 2001
"Then David the Lord in the presence of all the assembly; David said 'Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, forever and ever.' "
- 1 Chronicles 29:10 (NRSV)


The word blessing has come to mean something more piteous and eccentric than meaningful.  Ministers asked to open a program such a graduation, building dedications and the like are more for formal appearance than what blessing mean, in a biblical sense.  If you give me your blessing you irreversibly convey not only something of the beneficent power and vitality of who you are, but also of the life-giving power of God in whose name the blessing is being given.  Jacob stole this from his brother and duped his father into giving it to him unknowingly.  He sought more than luck or magic, he sought the presence and blessing of God.
Hear the Good News, David, through his relationship with God, along with the many blessings that God had bestowed upon him, offered of himself to God, giving us an example of how we can give Him our thanks and praise.  Of all the things God can give to us, His blessing is perhaps one of the greatest.  All of who his is and about is within the blessing.  Intimate and personal, More than luck, less than love these too are parts of a blessing.  When it came time for David to reflect on his life, and God's activity in it, the only thing that seemed appropriate was for David to offer His blessing to God.  Intimate, personal, more than luck, less than, but very close to love, this was David's gift.  Where do you offer your blessings to?

Gracious Father, Yours is great, the power, the majesty and love, it is all encompassing and life giving.  The direction and the blessing you have given to me has changed my life.  Let me offer a bit of myself to you, all my love, my soul and let it be found meaningful and acceptable.  Thank you Father, for all Amen.