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I think of the blessings we do as similar to the bag I use for the young disciples’ message. If you noticed, at first the children brought in the bag things that they thought were about God. So for instance, they brought crosses and rainbows (Noah’s ark). It took a while to get them to bring things that were harder to connect with God – to try and stump the pastor, as it were. So far, sometimes appropriately with the help of the gathered community, we have been able to connect everything to God. That is my hope: to help the children grow up hearing and seeing God everywhere in everything and in everyone.
That’s also my hope for the blessings. Too often I think we think of church activities as being those things we do in church rather than those things we do in our lives. Church – ekklesia in Greek – means the called out ones. Our ministries aren’t done inside the church walls alone, but in our work places, our homes, school, the outdoors.
John O’Donohue writes: “When a blessing is invoked, it changes the atmosphere.” Maybe another way of saying that is blessings make room for God. Maybe when we bless our winter recreational equipment, our hunting and fishing gear, our homes, our pets, our wheeled recreational equipment, the trails we walk upon, it’s like having an adult children’s message bag. It’s as if we are taking these things out of an imaginary bag and connecting them to God so that when we are in the woods or skiing down the slope or skating on the ice or biking along the lake or walking our dog or entering our home, we, too, see and hear God. Again to quote O’Donohue: “In the light and reverence of blessing, a person or situation [an object or place] becomes illuminated in a completely new way.”
There are many ways for us to invoke blessings or be blessings in one another lives. It is a main purpose of Christian community, is it not? Blessed to be a blessing.
These are just a few of the ways we seek to pour those blessings upon and through our lives and into the community:
“May we all receive blessing upon blessing. And may we realize our power to bless, heal, and renew one another.”
Pastor Dianne O. Loufman