Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 13, 2005
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 13, 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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God blesses human beings
"So God created humans in his own image, in the image
of God they were created; male and female God created
them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be
fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue
it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over
the birds of the air and over every living thing that
moves upon the earth.'"
In the midst of all the drama, monotony, old stories,
and proverbs there is a consistent theme in the Old
Testament: God blesses human beings. The Old Testament
is sometimes a strange and confusing book full of
ancient customs and foreign sounding names. Full of
Jewish religious rules and regulations, its pages are
full of patriarchal language and male heroes while
mentioning few strong female spiritual leaders. Human
beings are shown at their best and worst. The Bible
is full of human trickery and schemes for power,
prestige, and safety. There are many things I do
not understand or relate to in these sections as a
twenty-first century, North American, female, Protestant
minister. Yet I seek to understand God's blessing for
me in the many biblical stories that tell of God's
blessing women and men. (An interesting blessing
sampler can be found in Genesis 27:27; Exodus 23:25;
Deuteronomy 7:13 and 28:12; Job 1:10; Psalm 65:11,
and Jeremiah 31:23.)
God's blessing is so precious that people will steal,
lie, and cheat to get it, but once spoken, it cannot be
revoked, according to the ancients' understanding.
Blessings consist of high value words that show respect,
awe, reverence, and help people feel they are valuable.
They give a loved one a sense of security and confidence
to serve God and others in the future. These high value
words convey powerful images and we see ourselves in them.
A future without divine blessing is bleak indeed. All
Old Testament blessings recognize God as the source of
all blessings past, present, and future.
It is possible, of course, to offer blessings without
recognizing God as the powerful source of all blessedness.
From time to time I have been specifically asked to perform
weddings and funerals without any spiritual or religious
component. For me, those ceremonies lack power and dignity.
While, I respect those wishes, is not life difficult enough
without depriving oneself of such a source of divine strength
and comfort? God delights in blessing human beings. Why
live without your blessing?
God bless you.
Bless us too, dear God, as only You can. Give us a future
with hope. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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