Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 6, 2011
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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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
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
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
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
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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