Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 1, 2009
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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God bless you
"And God blessed them" (the humans God had created).
Many people are surprised to learn that the first
chapter of the Bible offers a number of creation
blessings (Genesis 1:22, 28). While many debate
the creation versus evolution theory, the opening
chapter in Genesis simply reads, "In the beginning
. . . God created . . . and it was very good"
(Genesis 1:31). By the power of the spoken Word,
chaos became order and the formless void evolved
into a beautiful and perfect creation.
God has a wonderful, creative, and playful mind
and imagination. God was enormously pleased with
creation. We read again and again that "God saw
that it was good" (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21,
25, 31). The earth was full of diversity and
unlimited variety of living things.
At the end of creation, God decided to create
people in the divine image with meaningful work
as stewards of the earth. And God blessed them.
The first chapter about the first days closes
with this statement, "God saw everything that
had been made, and indeed, it was very good"
(Genesis 1:31). I personally believe this
blessing is for people of all sexual orientations.
No one is excluded. The divine blessing embraces
all races and all people.
Blessing is a widespread biblical practice.
Its most basic meaning is to speak well of
someone with praise and happiness. Blessing
is actually mentioned 640 times in the Bible,
most commonly found in Genesis, Deuteronomy,
and the Psalms. The Old Testament teaches us
the language of blessing.
Blessing is empowerment. Cursing is destructive.
The ancients understood this. We, as modern
twenty-first century people, would be wise to
learn from their wisdom.
God, please renew our personal sense of
Grace and peace,
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