Day Fifteen: I Bless Everyone I Meet Today

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel proclaims: “Just to be is a blessing…Just to live is holy.”
When we recognize our connection with God, we are always blessed and often beyond our expectations. Five loaves and two fish can feed a multitude. The healing, loving, and transforming energy of the universe flows in and through us, giving us everything we need even in challenging times. You are blessed. Out of that abundance, you can be a blessing.

Recently, I experimented with blessing every encounter throughout the day: difficult meetings, going to the market, picking up a coffee at Starbucks, playing with my grandson, going over bills with my wife. While the external circumstances did not immediately change, my experience of them did! I felt a connection with the checkout person and a sense of gratitude while paying the bills.

Blessing transforms the world. It connects and heals, especially when we imagine ourselves as a channel for the blessings we have received. With Abraham and Sarah, we are truly blessed to be a blessing. It has been said that there are two ways to experience the world – through abundance and scarcity. Abundance thinking affirms that we have all the resources we need to flourish and that out of our abundance we can become God’s companions in healing the world. We can be generous because our generosity awakens new avenues of blessing – for us and for others. The hungry fed, the homeless given housing, and the alien welcomed in a world in which giving opens the door to greater resources.

Today, awaken to the generous abundance of your life through the following affirmations.

I am blessed to be a blessing.
I bless every situation in my life.
I share out of the abundance of God’s generosity.
I bless (a challenging person or situation).

Throughout the day, choose to be a companion in God’s blessing way. As you go about your business, bless the persons you meet, initially in attitude and then, if appropriate, by word and deed. Notice your connectedness with them in God’s dynamic and graceful world. Notice the life-changing energy of blessing.

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About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.


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