In my own life, my mother blesses me, whether if its when I am leaving or if she gets a hold of my voicemail she offers up these words in prayer and as a blessing over me; “May God bless you with children who bring you joy, as much joy as you bring me, and that’s a LOT, in Jesus’ name Amen.”
Blessings are mentioned in the Bible, the one most Christians are familiar with is the one found in Numbers 6:22-27;
The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
“‘“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
In the time frame of this blessing, God made the Israelites his one and only. God set the Israelites apart from everyone else at that time, he was with them as he guided them through the desert for 40 years and afterwards.
There’s also the account in the Bible of a blessing being stolen, Jacob swiped his brother Esau’s blessing out from under him, but still that blessing is recorded in the Bible, Genesis 27:27-29;
So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said,
“Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field
that the LORD has blessed.
May God give you heaven’s dew
and earth’s richness—
an abundance of grain and new wine.
May nations serve you
and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.”
So what’s the application that I get out of these passages in the Bible? The way I see it is that blessings aren’t a placebo or a form of self-fulfilling prophecy, but a way to encourage someone by way of words. Another verse comes to mind in this, Proverbs 18:21 says “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
What we say has the power to speak volumes into someone’s life in both positive ways or negative ways, and honestly there have been times where my words have brought people down, and the process to getting a person out of a hole created by negative words is harder than what it took to get them there in the first place. Working at uplifting others by way of words take time, but it must be done, and social action (if required) combined with positive words is the best way to go.
I have a blessing I bestow upon others, I don’t toss it out flippantly, I mean what I say and I say what I mean. I recognize that what I have to say by way of my blessing is sometimes the much needed glass of water. I also recognize that everyone is deserving of blessing, this isn’t a for Christians only kinda thing, so I do what I can to pronounce blessing over my Atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, Agnostic, Jewish, etc friends. They are entitled to being blessed over as well, and so I will.
In parting, my blessing to you the reader is the one I pronounce over others.
Be blessed and continue to bless others,