“Blessing and worship spring from the same source — a vision of God’s good character and heart full of trust in God’s promises. Worship is an irrepressible response to seeing who God is in his glory and to rightly perceiving that the blessings that populate our lives are expressions of his grace.”- Tina Boesch
As Tina Boesch continues Chapter 3 of Given, she observes that blessing and worship blend together because you express both with the Lord. Thus, you must be able to fell the Lord’s presence in the blessing.
Most noteworthy, this sets the foundation for the spiritual landscape parents model for their children. Tina explains:
“Attention or inattention, care or indifference, seeing or blindness, blessing or negativity — they all have an inestimable impact on the spiritual landscape of the children in our care. The blessing of our children can’t be separated from the vitality of our own relationship with God. Blessing begins with seeing both our children and the God who blesses us (emphasis author’s).”
Therefore, Tina directs our attention to crafting a suitable blessing. Although blessing may have its origin in seeing, in the end the seeing must express itself in words. For example, counselors John Trent and Gary Smalley believe blessings should be “spoken in person, written down, or preferably both. For a child in search of a blessing, silence communicates mostly confusion.”
In addition, the author notes, not all meaningful blessings are general or spontaneous. Rather, you compose and direct blessings with specific recipients in mind.
Furthermore, Tina finds visual imagery particularly effective. Because visual metaphors paint pictures in our minds. And stimulating our imagination etches those images in our memory.
Also, Jesus was the master of the metaphor. Finally, Tina examines this in greater detail in the next blog.
Today’s question: How do blessing and worship blend together in your life? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Visual imagery – an emotive force”