What word, said or unsaid, has or could change your life? How?
This year, one word has been coming up again and again.
As it has for others I know, it comes on the heel of so many discouraging difficulties these past several seasons. And I’m ready… oh so ready… for blessings.
Ready to receive, and ready to give.
The promised blessings of the Lord – given to Abraham – and now, through His sacrifice, to us. (Deuteronomy 28)
The wonder of blessing poured out as He makes His face to shine upon us, writes His Name on our hearts… and tells us to bless others with His light-filled words of GRACE. (Numbers 6)
He told the extraordinary story of an unexpected chance to help a needy stranger financially. Not everyone can do that, he wrote, but you can start simple. Buy someone lunch. Smile at a stranger. Pray blessings on the sales clerk.
Yesterday, I was reading passages in the Gospel of Mark describing people the Lord healed. Something struck me as I read these particular accounts… in each case, they hadn’t come on their own. It was a friend, a parent, a relative who brought their loved one to the Lord for blessing.
Later in the day, I happened to be meeting with a friend with the purpose of prayer together. “Lord, I lift Pam up to receive your blessing…” she began. And as we bowed hearts and words together, I was reminded of a beautiful verse from Ecclesiastes:
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up…
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Mmm… Me + you + The Lord. A cord of three strands.
Spoken or unspoken. Action or gift. Blessings is a more-than-life-changing word.
© Pam Depoyan
In the words of a beautiful hymn, let us praise God from whom all blessings flow!