“When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a boy… John’s father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, ‘Bless the Lord God of Israel because he has come to help and has delivered his people. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in his servant David’s house, just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets long ago…’”Luke 1:57-80
“But I remember these things as I bare my soul: how I made my way to the mighty one’s abode, to God’s own house, with joyous shouts and thanksgiving songs — a huge crowd celebrating the festival!”Psalm 42:1-8
Today we are thinking about special moments or passages – rites of passage even. We all have them and often we celebrate them. The example above from Luke is the birth of a child the one from the Psalm is finding our way to God’s house… perhaps to worship.
There are all kinds of special moments – births, baptisms, confirmations, graduations, weddings, performances, birthdays, holidays – the list could go on and on. Taking time to celebrate them with words and acts of blessing make them even more special and remind us of God’s presence in our lives.
The Celtic tradition reminds us that even the everyday ordinary things in life can be and should be celebrated and blessed. Whether it’s blessing your home when you move in or just blessing it on a regular basis or praying over your kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews/neighbors on the first day of school or when they move out take time to recognize the passages of life even in the ordinary with words and acts of blessing.
Let us pray.
Bless to us each day and all it brings our way – first day of school or work in new and difficult ways.
Bless to us your children – young and old – may they feel your presence and peace surround them.
Bless to us this devotion – may it touch our hearts and minds reminding us how very much we are loved.