Spiritual Practice


Chris Johnson


“Bless you!

In our everyday lives, most of us say a blessing here and there. Most often, our blessings fall on food and sneezes, and we don’t always mean what we say. Worse: When somebody does something we don’t like, we may mutter anything but a blessings. If we spent a little more time sincerely blessing people, our attitude toward life could be entirely different.

We have opportunities every day to bless the people we meet. Ask the Lord’s blessing on your teachers before class, on the cooks who make your lunch. Bless the homeless people you see on your way home. Bless the paramedics at an accident scene and the people who are hurt. Try blessing your enemies: the bully at school or the kids who make fun of you on the bus. Everybody could use a little blessing. You could be the one to provide it.


The Lord bless you and keep you.
Numbers 6:24 (NRSV)

JOURNAL: Write a blessing to use every day for a week. Then write about how blessing other people has affected your attitude toward them.

—from devozine (September/October 2003). Copyright © 2003 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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