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Who Wants a Blessing? I Do.


By Lisa Harper


Sunday nights during my adolescent years were a highlight of my week. Do you know why? Because at the very end of every Sunday evening service at Bethesda Christian Church (Formerly Bethesda Missionary Temple, near Nevada and Van Dyke Avenues in Detroit, MI), the preacher would close the service in this way: He would have everyone stand up and stretch their hands out to heaven. Why? To receive a blessing from God’s Word for the following week. I was only a teenager, but teens need God’s help every day, too. I could hardly wait to stand up to my feet and stretch my arms straight up to the ceiling in surrender.


I still remember that blessing (known as Aaron’s Blessing) to this day.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26


Some things never change, like the promises in God’s Word. True, during this holiday season, we sing, “May your days be merry and bright.” Well, in all reality, sometimes they are bright, and sometimes there are moments of darkness. Nevertheless, God’s Word stands true, and his love for us is eternal. His light is far greater than any dark moments you or I may encounter. Let’s remember that.


Allow me to add my humble, short commentary to the powerful phrases in that blessing from Numbers 6. It’s my prayer for everyone who reads this article.


“May the Lord bless you and keep you.” – May God cause your body, soul, mind and spirit to prosper and be in good health as you close out the current year and start a new one.


“May the Lord make his face to shine upon you.” – This boggles my mind. Perhaps you recall that when Moses was in the presence of the Lord, his countenance shown brightly. Just imagine how bright the actual face of the Lord is. For our Heavenly Father, our Good Shepherd, to lovingly look at us and compassionately care for us… this brings such confidence and refreshment to my soul.


“And be gracious unto you.” Thank God for his grace. He lavishes us with love, kindness, strength, healing, forgiveness, and his miracle working power every day. He welcomes us back when we run away and picks us up when we fall. He makes our path straight and “leads us beside quiet waters.” According to Psalm 23, he restores my soul. And I couldn’t be more grateful. How about you?


“May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you”– Can you picture the Lord lifting up his head, his eyes, his smile upon you? He does that today for you. He sees your heart. He knows your needs. Every need. What are some of your deepest requests today? Don’t forget to actually pray about those. Cast those cares on the Lord, for He cares for you.

In fact, Psalm 55:22 reminds us: “Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders – he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.”


“And give you peace.” – Isn’t this really what we all want? Webster defines the noun peace as, “Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility; mental calm; serenity.” Philippians 4 reminds us that the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will “guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Do you need rest for a weary soul, a heavy heart or a busy mind? Why not pause in the presence of the Lord right now and ask him for it? He is a good, good Father.


My prayer for us all during this Christmas / New Year season is that we will be quick to notice the workings of God in our lives. May we hear his still, small voice calling us to a closer walk with him. May we recognize his grace, seek his face, and walk with the peace of God that only he gives.


May God bless you and keep you today, my friend. May your soul be satisfied in Christ alone. So let it be!


Oh, if any of you are looking to start a healthy habit in the New Year, try reciting this blessing out loud in your home every day. Watch and see what God will do.


Because repetition of God’s Word is good for us all, here it is one more time. (If you are really bold, you might even read it out loud right now, and tell that soul of yours to bless the Lord.)


“May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26



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