Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 14, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 14, 2010
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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How to bless
"Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, and,
lifting up his hands, he blessed them."
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.
Grace and peace,
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