Mommy, Bless Me
by Maria Donnelly
Blessing my sons at bedtime in one of my favorite memories. We would read Bible stories, say our prayers—prayer for everyone we could remember—and then tuck the children into their beds. “Mommy, bless me?” My middle son, James, would ask while tucking him into the top bunk. He shut his eyes as I laid my hands on his head. I blessed him with one of the two blessings:
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee,
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and over every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Ephesians 1:18-21 (NIV. 2008)
This was such a special time for me as a mom, and a powerful one also. When I blessed my sons, I knew that my blessing as their mother carried weight. I also knew that as a child of God my words had authority as it states in that same blessing in Ephesians 1...that we may know that incomparably great power for us who believe. As I pronounced God’s blessing or this special prayer, I imparted God’s favor upon them. And as my sons both desired and accepted that favor, it came upon them. This “God thing,” is not comprehensible by the human mind, but is real nonetheless.
The blessing of my sons imparted my great love to them. I believe God loves us with not just the same, but a greater love. He longs to bless us, as we long to bless our children. As we serve our living King we can ask, “Daddy, bless me.” He will. As we walk in obedience, and sometime even when we don’t, He blesses us. We have all sensed this real blessing in our walk with the Lord. This exciting truth makes me what to shout from the rooftops what a loving Father we have. Let’s touch everyone around us with this same love.