“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”
The Bible is filled with examples of blessings. The father’s blessing was something longed for…desired. Jacob deceived his father to inherit the coveted blessing.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
When I was a teenager, my own parents did an in depth study about the power of the spoken blessing. Not only did they study it, they put it into practice. They organized blessing ceremonies for me and my three brothers as we prepared to launch into the world after high school. I will never forget the power of my Dad’s blessing. Hearing his love and approval of me…and hearing his blessing for my life spoken over me. Don’t we all long for that? The amazing thing is, every thing my dad blessed me with came to pass. No, it’s not a magic formula. And I don’t believe in the “bless me club” brand of Christianity. It’s not about blessing us for an easy life…or even to be physically rich. It’s about blessing us with spiritual wealth. Good husbands/wives. Blessing us with the desire to follow God above all else. Yes, we can be blessed with success, favor and material things. God loves to do that. But, the richest blessing is knowing Him. Knowing Him is what will carry us through success, failure, health, sickness, joy, trials, loss and even persecution. My dad blessed me in detail with my future husband. I met my husband just a few months after and he was (and still is) everything my dad prayed for. With so much bombarding our kids today…so much negativity and pressures…how powerful to hear one’s father speak BLESSING! Even if you don’t have a natural father who will or is able to speak blessing over you, our Heavenly Father does! Just read His Word to discover the rich blessings he died on the cross to give us…freely!
So, here we are. Our firstborn is less than a week away from leaving us. Though she will only be gone 3 months, it still signifies a new chapter. A leaving. A letting go. An ending and a beginning. We knew we wanted to bless her before she started this new journey. This past weekend, we invited family and close friends to participate in blessing Victoria. We began with Anton’s blessing…her father. Watching him write down his heart for our girl on paper brought tears to my eyes. I still remember seeing our baby for the first time. So tiny. So beautiful. I remember our next door neighbor coming over to congratulate us. She looked in the bassinet and in her blunt, Dutch way said, “She is truly beautiful. Most babies are not and you have to lie to the parents that they are. But, she really is.” Beautiful. Yes. A beauty that radiates from within.
Hearing my husband’s voice choke with tears as he began his blessing caused my heart to constrict. Oh how we love our children! And, oh how awesome to SPEAK it out. It’s amazing how I can read something and be touched by it..but the moment I SAY what I read to someone else, the power of it comes alive. I also blessed her through my tears. Then she was blessed by her Granddad and Grandma. And, the generations didn’t stop there. Watching her Great Granddad bless her was a gift hard to put into words. So many people do not even know their own grandparents. And here my kids know their great grandparents and are able to receive their blessing!! As he blessed her, he prayed over her future children…his future great great grandchildren!! Oh the legacy of faith being passed down from generation to generation. And then her Great Grandma blessed her as well…and prayed for both her and Judah as they struggle with parting. They are so close and have always been one another’s best friend.
All her uncles blessed her…and her great uncle. And her aunt. Blessing upon blessing upon blessing. The best graduation presents she could ever receive were those spoken words. Words of life, love and encouragement.
She will leave us. We will let go. But, God holds her. In fact, I end with the verse I read to her. A verse I felt God wanted to speak directly to her:
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away.”
*Special thanks to my sister-in-law, Leslie, for photographing the actual ceremony with my camera so I could just be in the moment.