Numbers 6:22-26 (NLT)
22 Then the Lord said to Moses,
23 “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing:
24 ‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’
These verses have been rolling around in my head since I read them this morning. The blessing ("may the Lord bless you and protect you...") is not something I've never heard before. What I noticed in reading this today is the fact that the Lord tells Moses to tell Aaron (and his boys) to bless His people in this way.
instructed - commanded? - to bless
not because they felt like it.
not because anyone deserved it.
just because God told them they should.
Meg @ abarefootday wrote a series of lovely, inspiring posts about letter writing a while back, during National Letter Writing Week (who knew?). Her pretty blog and authentic writing style made me think about this letter writing thing that I haven't done in quite a while. Unfortunately, the thinking didn't turn into action. :(
Until today! When I heard the Lord tell me to bless.
Maybe my friends won't be so super-blessed by my cheese-y homemade valentines, but I hope they'll know they are loved and thought of whether near or far.
How are you blessing the people in your life?