We’re going to keep going deeper with our first rhythm, generous blessing.
This week I want us to try an experiment together that involves a challenge to declare and demonstrate blessing. Are you up for that? Good.
First of all, picture the network of relationships you are part of: friends, family members, colleagues and neighbours. Try and think of all the people you are in regular contact with. If it helps, write names out on a piece of paper and map the network out.
Now choose three people from that group that seem to get your attention.
The challenge is to go on a journey of blessing with them. There are two parts to that journey.
Part One – Speak Blessing
Pray a blessing over each of these people every day this week. By that I mean spend a little bit of time on your own declaring God’s love, goodness and care for them. Feel free to come up with your own words but if you are stuck why not use these words based on the blessing God taught Moses and the priests of Israel and say for each person in turn.
“Name, the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. May you sense God looking towards you and giving you peace.”
Part Two – Be a Blessing
After you have prayed for each person ask God: How can I be a blessing to these people this week?
I’d love to hear what God does in you as you do this, and any stories of blessing encounters you end up with. I’d also love to hear what else is stirring in us as we engage with this rhythm…if you have a story, let me know so we can encourage each other.