One of the most influential people in my life was a little old woman who lived in a soon-to-be-condemned nursing home when we became friends.
She had been forgotten by her family, even on holidays.
She had lost connection with all of her friends. Many had died, others were stricken with their own challenging circumstances, and some had forgotten her.
She had lost the ability to take care of herself.
She had no financial resources, few possessions, and was considered an indigent, an individual who depended on the mercy of others for the basics of life.
Yet. My friend was one of the most blessed people I’ve ever known. She had unbreakable and unstoppable . . . peace, joy, love . . . and, yes, gratefulness.
Her friendship has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. She blessed our family with the old ancient Hebrew blessing from Numbers 6:24-26.
My definition of a blessing is: Knowing the activity of God.
The thing is . . . nothing and no one can lessen the power of the blessings of God . . . the power of the blessing is beyond human comprehension. That said, living in the realm of God’s blessing is a choice.
I give you this ancient Hebrew blessing that has withstood time and circumstances, praying you will live in it’s power with the hope you will pass it on during this holiday season.
May you be blessed with receiving this ancient Hebrew blessing, knowing the power of this blessing has continued from generation to generation:
‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
Blessed from generation to generation!