Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 11, 2012
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 11, 2012
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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When blessing is denied
"Esau said, 'Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he
has supplanted me these two times. He took away my
birthright; and look, now he has taken away my
blessing.' Then he said, 'Have you not reserved a
blessing for me?'"
The concept of blessing is ancient and found in
many cultures. We can learn and appropriate the
Jewish tradition of blessing for our own use in
modern Western cultural contexts. If we get a
blessing from our parents, we can be a source of
blessing to others and ourselves. Families that
withhold or deny blessings are very hurtful to
Blessing is well documented in the Middle East.
In ancient Jewish culture, blessing was part of
daily and weekly life. Before children could
walk, they received blessings from their parents,
on the Sabbath, and other holy days. It was
actually the duty of parents to bless their
children. It was then the duty of the rabbis to
bless the children on Sabbath, feast, and other
holy days. A family blessing is important to
communicate a sense of identity, meaning, love,
and acceptance. Many orthodox Jewish families
give their children a weekly blessing by candle
light. They speak special words of love and
acceptance for each child.
I have listened to many people over the years
when their families reject them. I wonder if
parents truly understand the pain caused when a
blessing is denied their children. People are
denied parental blessing for many reasons.
Perhaps a desperate woman had an abortion, or
another has taken drugs. Many parents from
abusive homes never received a blessing them-
selves and pass on their destructive behaviors
to the next generation. Denied blessing can
lead to desperate and destructive behaviors as
people look for love in all the wrong places.
The six most healing words in the world are "God
bless you" and "I love you." When was the last
time we spoke those words to someone in our
family? When was the last time we shared these
words with friends? Have we denied someone their
blessing through our words or actions?
God, even if others may have denied me a blessing,
help me bless them. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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