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Naming – intimate, powerful act bestowing identity

By Dave Henning / July 31, 2019

“Naming is an intimate, powerful act because it is about bestowing identity.  Those who are named with God are part of his family and should bear a family resemblance.  Above all, they should reflect his character.  In this [Aaronic] blessing, that means that they will become mirrors of his shine.”- Tina Boesch As Tina Boesch […]


Make my mirror heart thy shining place

By Dave Henning / July 30, 2019

“Oh make my mirror heart thy shining place,/ And then my soul, awakening with the morn,/ Shall be a waking joy, eternally new-born.”- George McDonald, A Book of Strife in the Form of the Diary of an Old Soul (1880) In Chapter 4 (“Blessing That Creates Community”) of Given, Tina Boesch talks about the Aaronic […]


Visual imagery – an emotive force

By Dave Henning / July 29, 2019

“Visual imagery expressed through poetic language has an emotive force that speaks powerfully to some aspects of truth in a way that precise technical terminology never can.”- Tina Boesch “Metaphor is a word that carries us across the abyss separating the invisible from the visible.”- Eugene Peterson Tina Boesch concludes Chapter 3 of Given as […]


Blessing and worship spring from the same source

By Dave Henning / July 28, 2019

“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 […]


Blessing begins with seeing – agape seeing

By Dave Henning / July 27, 2019

“Blessing begins with seeing.  Before words of blessing can reach toward future vision, we must attend to present reality.  And that means we must turn our gaze from ourselves . . . and see others as they long to be seen.  This is agape seeing, a way of seeing grounded in love and sacrifice.  It […]


The hand that guides, wraps around me

By Dave Henning / July 26, 2019

“The voice that called me out is one with the hand that guides me.  God’s hand not only guides, it wraps around me, holding me fast, cradling me safe, and carrying me home.”- Tina Boesch “Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations […]


A turning of our gaze in the wrong direction

By Dave Henning / July 25, 2019

“Sin is not a distance, it is a turning of our gaze in the wrong direction.”- Simone Weil, Waiting on God “When I gaze at the people and dreams I’ve left, rather than focusing on what God is calling me toward, then I’m looking in the wrong direction.”- Tina Boesch As Tina Boesch continues Chapter […]


That jolt into the unknown – disorienting

By Dave Henning / July 24, 2019

“That jolt into the unknown is invigorating when the trip is short . . . but when months stretch into years, when foreignness becomes a way of life, it can be deeply disorienting.  The disorientation is on a psychic level as much as a physical one — I lose a sense of who I am.”- […]


Doxology and worship – a faithful response

By Dave Henning / July 23, 2019

“The appropriate, faithful response to God’s blessing is doxology – worship.  Before God’s blessing is material or spiritual, it’s relational.  Before anything else, God’s blessing invites us into relationship with him, which is also the genesis of abundant life with others.”- Tina Boesch Tina Boesch concludes Chapter 1 of Given as she notes that in […]


The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice . . .

By Dave Henning / July 22, 2019

The Next Right Thing (Revell, 2019) Wall Street Journal bestselling author Emily P. Freeman’s latest book is The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions.  Emily’s also enrolled at Friends University to pursue a Masters in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership.  First, the author observes that we all handle the pressure […]


When blessing is reduced to a phrase

By Dave Henning / July 21, 2019

“When a blessing is reduced to a phrase we say out of habit, then it’s drained of its significance.  A blessing should be a sincere prayer that rises from our souls.”- Tina Boesch As Tina Boesch continues Chapter 1 of Given, she observes that the secular nature of Western culture strips our culture of the […]


The love Christ Jesus gave

By Dave Henning / July 20, 2019

“The love Christ Jesus gave/ Be filling every heart for me,/ The love Christ Jesus gave/ Filling me for everyone.”- Traditional Scottish blessing, Nineteenth Century In Chapter 1 (“Blessing in the Beginning”) of Given: The Forgotten Meaning and Practice of Blessing, author Tina Boesch relates a conversation she had with a Turkish friend while living […]

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