I’ve been giving more thought to this whole idea of savoring blessings. Today, I remembered that one of the most significant books in my life had a section on “blessing.” After reading it, I wanted to share with you a slice of this masterpiece. So, in an effort to bless you, here’s…
…more on being blessed by Henri Nouwen:
I am increasingly aware of how much we fearful, anxious, insecure human beings are in need of a blessing. Children need to be blessed by their parents, and parents by their children. We all need each other’s blessing – masters and disciples, rabbis and students, bishops and priests, doctors and patients.
Let me first tell you what I mean by the word “blessing.” In Latin, to bless is benedicere. The word “benediction” that is used in many churches means literally: speaking (dictio) well (bene) or saying good things of someone. That speaks to me. I need to hear good things said of me, and know how much you have the same need.
To give someone a blessing is the most significant affirmation we can offer. It is more than a word of praise or appreciation; it is more than pointing out someone’s talents or good deeds; it is more than putting someone in the light. To give a blessing is to affirm, to say “yes” to a person’s Belovedness. And more than that: to give blessing creates the reality of which it speaks.
from Life of the Beloved
What if…we intentionally looked for ways to truly bless people?