An Irish Blessing

I was going through my file cabinet recently and came upon this Celtic blessing. I have no idea who authored it and couldn’t find any information about it online. Similar blessings have been attributed to Saint Patrick, but who knows? At any rate, the imagery is beautiful and worth sharing.

May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within.

May the blessed sunlight shine on you and warm your heart until it glows like a good peat fire, so that the stranger may come and warm himself at it, and also a Friend.

And may the light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in two windows of a house, bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm.

And may the blessing of Rain be on you — the soft, sweet rain. May it fall upon your spirit so that all the little flowers may spring up, and shed their sweetness on the air. And may the blessing of the Great Rains be on you, may they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of heaven shines, and sometimes a star.

And may the blessing of the Earth be on you –the great, round earth: may you ever have a kindly greeting for them you pass as you’re going along the roads. May the earth be soft under you when you rest out upon it, tired at the end of a day, and when, at the last, you lay out under it, that your soul may be off from under it quickly, and up and off, and on its way to God.

And now may the Lord bless you all, And bless you kindly.

Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God by William R. Osborne–Book Review

This book is one of the Crossway series, Short Studies in Biblical Theology.  In this volume the author examines the theme of blessing as it unfolds across the entire Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation.

Like love, the term “blessing” in our society is often applied widely to celebrate things as disparate as recovering from a serious illness to finding a good parking spot at the mall.  For many, it’s just a way of acknowledging a piece of good luck.  For others, blessing has become connected  to the “prosperity gospel.”  In fact, a recent Pew Study reported that 43 percent of all Christian respondents agreed that the faithful will receive both health and wealth.

Biblically, blessing has always been linked to the fullness of life in the  presence of God..  We can not “name it and claim it.”  God creates, and blesses His creation both physically and spiritually in His presence.  It coincides with obedience to His will.

The author walks readers through God’s design for blessing in the creation story, His plans to bless the world through Abraham, the covenant relationship of blessing with Israel and our access to divine blessings as new covenant Christians.  He discusses God blessing people, people blessing God, and people blessing people.  Blessing can be an action, a thing, a state of being, and even a formula-like greeting or expression.

William Osborne does an excellent job of explaining blessing as a theological concept, and the connection between blessing and God’s covenants.  It is clear enough for lay people to grasp and academic enough to interest pastors.  I would highly recommend it as a study resource.

VERDICT:  5 STARS

If you would like to purchase this book, follow the link below:

https://www.crossway.org/books/divine-blessing-and-the-fullness-of-life-in-th-tpb/

The Lutheran Ladies received a free copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.  Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CPR 255.

For more in this series see:

The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer by Andrew David Naselli–Book Review

 

 

 

Blessed to be a Blessing

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times you may abound in every good work. As it is written, ‘He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.’ He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”

II Corinthians 9:8-12 (ESV

Beth Ann blogged about the Aaronic blessing which we often hear at the end of the worship service, and I posted the hymn, “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing” which is a common recessional.  It occurs to me that God blesses us during our weekly worship, not only because He loves us, but because He wants us to go out and extend that blessing to others.  One church I visited had a sign as you exited the parking lot that read, “You are now entering the mission field.”  How often do we think about this?  Most of the time, church is over, and we simply slip back into our usual routines, without giving a thought to what God wants us to do next.  We’re happy to have been inspired, uplifted and blessed, but we don’t make time to “pay it forward.”

There are probably a million ways to do this.  We can just practice the fruits of the spirit by loving, being patient, kind and gentle in our interactions with others.  We can be generous to those in need.  We can invite somebody to church or Bible study.  We can say “thanks” or “have a blessed day.”  We can go down to the local mission and serve a meal.  We can help an elderly neighbor or a young mother.  We can give someone a hug.

The point is, God’s blessing isn’t just for you and me.  We’re to receive it, and then give it away.  There are many people out there who desperately need God.  How can we pass the blessing on?  I’d like to hear suggestions from other authors and readers.

 

A Scottish Blessing Prayer

May the blessing of light be on you

May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it. And may light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm. And may the blessing of the rain be on you, may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines, and sometimes a star. And may the blessing of the earth be on you, soft under your feet as you pass along the roads, soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day; and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it. May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly; up and off and on its way to God. And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly.

Martin Luther on Heavenly Blessings

The heavenly blessing is to be delivered from the law, sin and death; to be justified and quickened to life: to have peace with God; to have a faithful heart, a joyful conscience, a spiritual consolation; to have the knowledge of Jesus Christ; to have the gift of prophecy, and the revelation of the Scriptures; to have the gift of the Holy Ghost, and to rejoice in God.

Martin Luther