Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 13, 2011
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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God blesses human beings
"So God created humankind in his image, in the image
of God he created them; male and female he created
them. God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be
fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue
it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and
over the birds of the air and over every living thing
that moves upon the earth.'"
In the midst of all the drama, monotony, old stories,
and proverbs there is a consistent theme in the Old
Testament: God blesses human beings. The Old
Testament is sometimes a strange and confusing book
full of ancient customs and foreign sounding names.
Full of Jewish religious rules and regulations, its
pages are full of patriarchal language and male
heroes while mentioning few strong female spiritual
leaders. Human beings are shown at their best and
worst. The Bible is full of human trickery and
schemes for power, prestige, and safety. There are
many things I do not understand or relate to in these
sections as a twenty-first century, North American,
female, Protestant minister. Yet I seek to understand
God's blessing for me in the many biblical stories
that tell of God's blessing women and men. (An
interesting blessing sampler can be found in Genesis
27:27; Exodus 23:25; Deuteronomy 7:13 and 28:12; Job
1:10; Psalm 65:11, and Jeremiah 31:23.)
God's blessing is so precious that people will steal,
lie, and cheat to get it, but once spoken, it cannot
be revoked, according to the ancients' understanding.
Blessings consist of high value words that show respect,
awe, reverence, and help people feel they are valuable.
They give a loved one a sense of security and confidence
to serve God and others in the future. These high value
words convey powerful images and we see ourselves in
them. A future without divine blessing is bleak indeed.
All Old Testament blessings recognize God as the source
of all blessings past, present, and future.
It is possible, of course, to offer blessings without
recognizing God as the powerful source of all blessedness.
From time to time I have been specifically asked to
perform weddings and funerals without any spiritual
or religious component. For me, those ceremonies
lack power and dignity. While, I respect those wishes,
is not life difficult enough without depriving oneself
of such a source of divine strength and comfort? God
delights in blessing human beings. Why live without
God bless you.
Bless us too, dear God, as only You can. Give us a
future with hope. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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