There are many sweet memories as a mom that always bring a smile to my face. One in particular is recalling a bedtime routine that occurred when my sons were little. I started a ritual of blessing my boys every night before bed. I would trace the sign of the cross on their little foreheads and say, “God bless you and watch over you and keep you safe tonight and bring sweet dreams.” I’d repeat that over each one of my sons, give him a kiss and a hug, before tucking him into bed. It didn’t take long before they wanted to bless me in return. So, every single night, I’d deliver the blessings, and one by one, I would receive a blessing from my sons. (My eyes are tearing up now as I reflect on this precious time that I still cherish in my heart.) Even as they grew and had their friends to our home for sleepovers, they’d say, “Mom, bless them too!” And I would proceed to say the blessing over their friends. This was every single night for many, many years. As they matured, the blessings didn’t happen as frequently, but believe it or not, it didn’t completely end. There were times that even my “cool” middle school guys wanted a nightly blessing. So, I’d smile and give them that familiar blessing & they’d smile back at me and repeat those words. And now that I am an emotional wreck, I’ll get to my point, which is this: Bless one another! Speak words of peace and comfort and encouragement over those whom God has placed in your life.
The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. – Isaiah 50:4
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14
A BLESSING CAN BRING COMFORT AND PEACE
One thing I know for certain, in those precious moments of blessing my children, comfort and peace immediately washed over their little faces. Nighttime brought fears, uncertainty, and literal darkness. But when I, their mother, parent, protector, and caregiver entered, looked into their eyes, blessed them and prayed over them, everything was better. I can’t help but think of how our Heavenly Father desires to bless us, comfort us, draw us into His powerful embrace and make everything better! We, in all of our imperfections, in our limited humanness, want so much for our children. Can you even begin to imagine what The God of the Universe wants for His children?
It brings me to my favorite passage that I’ve held close to my heart for years, a beautiful picture of our precious Father…
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior.He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. – Zephaniah 3:17
OUR FATHER DELIGHTS IN US
The LORD God takes delight in you. He takes delight in me! So much so, that He sings over us to calm our fears and assures us of His constant love. Envision that for a moment. Let that truly settle into the depths of your soul, and let it bring the peace He desires for you to experience. That is the kind of parent we have in our Savior, our Father.
So my encouragement, and my challenge, to you as the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, is to bless others so that they may experience His love and peace through you. When someone expresses a concern on his heart and you offer to pray for that person, don’t let time pass. Pray in that precious moment. Lay a hand on someone and experience His power and love in that divine appointment. Amazingly so, you will come away from that as blessed, if not more, than the person you intended to pray for! Begin a routine of blessing others! You may be the only Jesus that person encounters.