Today’s Blessing (4.25)

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things who loves the diversity of His creation.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things who surrounds us with a multitude of thoughts and views.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You are great enough to be the G_d of all things.

In most ancient cultures, the gods were restricted to one or two things – whether it be physical things such as the sea, sky, sun, etc – or less tangible things such as fertility, love, war, etc – they were almost always limited by these different kinds of boundaries. Then came the G_d of Israel (I understand that He always was!); He was held by no boundaries – not limited to the physical or the ethereal…rather He was over, in and through all things!

There is nothing in our creation that is not G_d’s – how awesome is that! I love that G_d paints His creation with the full spectrum of diversity – using every color in the palette – every scent – every piece of sound and touch – They are all G_d’s instruments for creation.

Unfortunately most of us have spent our lives corrupting these things – twisting them from the hands of G_d in order to make them our own…What would this world look like if we were to sit at the feet of the LORD and learn from Him how to live and thrive within the full diversity of His world?

I pray that each of us enters into G_d’s diversity just a bit more today than we did yesterday – that our faith might taste the full spectrum of colors set out for us by the first and greatest Artist.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!

Today’s Blessing (4.13)

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You surround us with fellow sojourners that continue to help shape us and grow us.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You see fit to place iron in our lives to sharpen us.

I have a bunch of character flaws! I know, not really breaking news there…but I am so grateful that G_d has placed friends and family in my life that won’t allow me to remain ‘unfinished’. Don’t get me wrong I don’t have illusions that I’ll accomplish “finished” on this side of forever – but I’m surrounded by folks who won’t let me use that as an excuse to not begin the refining process.

The refining process is rarely fun (okay – never fun) but it IS good! Oftentimes we like to be the one doing the refining of others and then we miss out on the opportunity to be the refined…I’d encourage you to seek out those people around and near to you that can sharpen you. You’ll be thankful that you did.

Thanks to all of you that hold me accountable – that show me grace but not permission to continue in poor behavior – thank you to all of you who care deeply enough about me and G_d that you are willing to be about my betterment.

Today’s Blessing (4.12)

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

traditional gaelic blessing

I love this blessing! There is something beautiful about offering up a blessing for somebody else. Let’s keep this simple today – Go and bless the people around you today! If need be copy down the above blessing and whisper it over those around you…or take pause, look the person in the eye, lay your hand on their shoulder and send them off with a blessing. G_d told Abraham that He would bless him in order that he [Abraham] could be a blessing to all around him.