Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 14, 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 the
Gospel and Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you
will be blessed.
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Please read Luke 24:50, "Then [Jesus] led them out
as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he
How to bless
Blessing is a widespread Biblical practice not
limited to the Old Testament. Jesus fully
understood the power of blessing and in this
passage blesses his people as he leaves them.
He equips them with divine power and confidence
for a great life work through his blessing.
The simplest formula for performing a blessing
is "blessed are you!" It often comes with simple
actions with symbolic significance. The one
blessing raises the right hand (Genesis 48:13ff),
or raises both arms and hands (Exodus 17:11).
People kiss or embrace as a blessing without
embarrassment (Genesis 48:10) or sexual intent
or seduction. Often the one who is to give the
blessing eats a special meal before bestowing it
(Genesis 27:4). The patriarchs in Genesis chapters
12 through 36 demonstrate performing blessings in a
variety of ways.
For Christians, often blessing is spoken with the
right hand raised, making the sign of the cross.
It is the pronouncement of God's gracious favor and
given on the authority of scripture to faithful
believers. Christians are assured of God's grace,
love, and spirit in us.
We do not have to be Jesus to bless people we love.
We can bless with simple, symbolic body movements
such as raising our arms and careful touch.
Meaningful touch can be healing when done well.
Be careful with this however! In today's world,
many have been assaulted or sexually molested.
While touch was essential in Old Testament blessing,
use caution and discretion in our twenty-first
century world. When touch is acceptable and
appropriate, it can convey warmth, personal
acceptance, and even physical health. In the
Bible, people kissed and hugged gently, and
lovingly laid on hands while performing a blessing.
God, give me a blessing today and help me pass the
blessing on to others. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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