Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 6, 2005
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 6, 2005
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Our power to bless
"From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My
brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so."
We can only bless others when we learn to bless
ourselves. People want to be blessed and actually
yearn for it. Many spend a lifetime in search of
the blessing. Henri Nouwen suggests to us that
"blessing is a true sign of the Beloved" (Nouwen,
Henri. "Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in
a Secular World," p. 56). We need blessing to live
well. Blessing is an ancient, cherished tradition
found in many cultures and is worth reclaiming for
the twenty-first century.
Every one of us has been given the power to bless
or curse ourselves and others. The power to bless
is as close as our fingertips, as close as the words
in our mouths. A future without blessing is bleak
indeed. Blessings say "yes" to our belovedness.
Blessing helps us find inner strength and empowerment,
and to achieve our fullest potential.
Cursing is destructive. It brings much harm and
creates deep spiritual injuries. Cursing ridicules,
demeans, rejects the other's belovedness, limits
their potential, and accelerates negative and self-
What happens if we do not get blessing from those
we love? It is intensely heart wrenching when we
are either denied a blessing or we lose it through
deeply personal words from those we love. Families
that withhold or deny blessings hurt their children.
Rejection and ridicule can be bitter pills to swallow.
I once preached a sermon on today's verse. An engaged
couple was in the congregation. They were so impressed
with the power of blessing that they chose to include
blessings as part of their wedding vows. I now include
blessing materials in all my premarital and holy union
counseling. Blessings beget blessing. Cursing begets
Which will be your legacy? Blessing or cursing?
God, watch my mouth today. Teach me how to bless
others and myself. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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