This Blessing Stuff

Luke 24:50-53 is the scripture text for this Wednesday’s midweek Lent service. I find it to be kind of an odd text in the middle of Lent as it’s one of Luke’s stories about Jesus’ ascension. But it fits with our theme of “Blessed to be a Blessing” this Lent and as I spend more time with these verses, they seem to be finding me in this time of following Jesus to the cross and beyond.

Jesus blesses the disciples and they return to town to bless God. What did it mean for Jesus to “bless” the disciples? Their lives after this certainly were difficult and challenging. What did mean for the disciples to “bless” God? What does it mean for me that I am blessed to be a blessing?

Someone sneezes and I say, “God Bless You” or “Bless You."

I have friends who instead of asking if I will say a table grace, ask if I will say “the blessing.”When I receive a special gift or get to participate in an extraordinary activity, I often will say that, “I am blessed.” 

This blessing stuff becomes a deep matter for me to contemplate. But I wonder perhaps if I am making it too hard or looking for more than I need to. This quote seems to be a good beginning into the contemplation of blessing: 

“Blessing is one of the ways that God makes the presence of God known here and now…” (from Listen with the Heart: Sacred Moments in Everyday Life by Joan Chittister.)

What do you think it meant for Jesus to bless the disciples? For the disciples to bless God? What do you think it means that we are all blessed to be a blessing? I hope to see you Wednesday evening to join the conversation (6:00 soup supper, 7:00 casual worship.)

Peace and joy, We are Blessed!

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