262Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 7, 2004
- Mar 7 4:27 AMChi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 7, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from the soon-to-be-published
new book of daily devotions, written by the Rev. Dr.
Sandra Bochonok, called "Living as the Beloved: One
Day at a Time."
Please get out your Bible and read the verse from
Genesis and Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you
will be blessed.
Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.
Please read Genesis 12:3.
The power of blessing
God blessed Abraham, an individual of enormous faith
and courage with these famous words, "I will bless
those who bless you and whoever curses you I will
curse, and all peoples on the earth will be blessed
through you" (Genesis 12:3 NRSV). Abraham's faith
was enormous for he believed nothing was impossible
with God. He was even willing leave his birthplace,
kinfolk, and country in joyful obedience to follow
God's specific call in his life. As a result, God
blessed this faithful pioneer and promised to make
Abraham and his descendants into a great nation.
This sacred blessing is not limited to Abraham and
the nation of Israel. Gay or straight, we can have
the faith and blessing of Abraham too. None are
excluded from Divine blessing for other verses also
show that God's blessing is for all people (Genesis
12:3, 18:18, Galatians 3:8, and Acts 3:25.). Dr.
Ralph Blair, noted psychotherapist and founder of
Evangelicals Concerned (a national organization
dedicated to assisting lesbians and gay men and
churches better understand homosexuality and the
Good News of God?s grace and peace) reinforces
this understanding of divine love, blessing, and
inclusion. (Blair, Ralph. "Dr. Ralph Blair's
Remarks to Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays
at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City,
September 8, 2002." www.ecinc.org.)
Experience the power of your blessing and with
Abraham as your example, journey with God as someone
divinely blessed. Your blessing is irrevocable and
can never be removed. Once blessed, always blessed.
Memorize Genesis 12:3 and whenever you doubt your
blessedness, recite it as a prayer of gratitude. In
doing so, you will be strengthened and encouraged
through the power of your blessing.
God, bless me as you blessed faithful Abraham. Bless
my journey through life. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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