The other day, a minister reminded me of the Father’s song of love and blessing winging over and through us in the Aaronic Blessing of Numbers 6. It is easy to skim over the well-known words in our Bible… He makes his face to shine upon us…never fully cognizant of the richness encrypted in those words. But what if it is meant to be God walking in our Garden with us… as He did with Adam…face to face?
Listening to this man’s words brought back something I copied into my prayer journal a couple of years ago.
At that time, I’d been watching a New Testament-believing rabbi who explained the original Hebrew meaning behind the words of the Aaronic Blessing and I wanted to note his words.
Re-reading these today, I am overwhelmed with the Beauty and Wonder and Glory of our Father. They make me see in my mind a picture of God like any dad, kneeling down to his beloved child with a sparkle of anticipation in his eye. A dad who is holding out tailored just for his child’s delight and wellbeing gifts he can’t wait for his little one to take from his hands and open.
I confess to “forgetting” about praying these wondrous words and now want to make them part of my every day devotion…
In thinking that, I suddenly felt a nudge to share them here with you today.
Picture yourself like this little one, gazing upon the One who loves you most… your Abba father… and let these words soak into you.
Write them down to pray each day… a meeting place in the Garden with the Father who is longing to pour forth blessings on us when we come to sit with Him…
Something the minister today was saying about such daily prayer being so vital – especially in the times we live in today — struck me so strongly… How we cannot live apart from the Vine even one moment…
To flourish in heart and mind and spirit and body, break free of fear and depression, walk in His light and grace, O Father pour out Your Blessing on us! Make your words the meditation of our hearts and spirits throughout every moment of our days! You leave me incredulous at the depth of Your Heart for us as I see You here of your blessing.
Hallowed be Thy Name
Thy Kingdom Come.
Thy Will be Done
On earth as it is in Heaven…
The Meaning behind Original Hebrew of the Aaronic Blessing:
Yaweh, my God who exists!
Thank you for your promise to bless me.
You, my God, kneel before me, presenting me with these gifts:
You guard me with a hedge of protection.
You illuminate the wholeness of Your Being towards me,
bringing order to my body, my prospering, my success and all that I am.
You provide me with Your Love,
with sustenance and friendship.
You lift up the wholeness of Your Being
and look upon me.
You set in place ALL that I need to be WHOLE and Complete.
The God of all kneels before us, his children. Not as in awe of us, but in intimacy of Father Love, reaching out face to face.
Encircling guard over us.
He illuminates the wholeness of His Being,
bringing order to our bodies,
all that makes us to walk in His grace and favor and overcoming power in a world otherwise cloaked with darkness.
He sustains us.
He gives us His friendship and all we need to be whole and complete.
This… our daily bread.
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