Blessed to be a Blessing
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:1-2
Blessed to be a blessing. Have you ever thought of your life as a blessing to others? It is my sincere hope that by the end of our ‘stewardship season’ this fall you will see how your life is a blessing to others.
Seeing ourselves as God’s blessed children is an ancient understanding of God’s created order. God blesses what God creates. As the Book of Genesis reminds us, the recital of God’s blessing is infused into the created order. Each day of the creation story ends with the refrain: it is good, it is good, it is good. We too are part and parcel of the created order. We are created to be a blessing. The Hebrew word for blessing is barak, which means “the life force of creation itself,” says Walter Brueggemann. Through God’s blessing, all of creation is destined for abundant well-being. Through God’s blessing, there is always enough.
God’s plan is to bless and in turn, we respond. We respond through worship, an act that reminds us that God is the center. Worship invites us to live our lives with a purpose. We offer praise and thanksgiving with our lips and our lives.
Our stewardship program this year will help us look at how we live our lives as God’s beloved children. We will gather to discuss how we can embrace our giftedness and reach out to others and live our lives in praise.
We will kick off this program on October 23 with one service at 10 a.m. followed by a brief presentation. This presentation will be followed by celebrating our annual Octoberfest. I hope you are ready to celebrate our blessedness in the coming year.