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.

About Bruce Epperly

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, and Pastor of South Congregational United Church of Christ, Centerville (Cape Cod), Massachusetts. He is the author of twenty five books, including Process Theology: A Guide to the Perplexed, Philippians: An Interactive Bible Study,The Center is Everywhere: Celtic Spirituality for the Postmodern Age, and Emerging Process: Adventurous Theology for a Missional Church. He also writes regularly for the Process and Faith lectionary. He has served as chaplain, professor, and administrator at Georgetown University, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Wesley School of Theology, and Claremont School of Theology. He may be reached at drbruceepperly@aol.com for lectures, workshops, and retreats. His latest book is Healing Marks: Healing and Spirituality in Mark’s Gospel (Energion).


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