Tuesday, March 21, 2017
ACHOO!! God Bless You!
Discussion ensued about my own sneezing spurt on Sunday. We all agreed that it must be the pollen, as seen on our trash cans outside. But pollen or no pollen, what if we were instruments for God to bless His people? It’s a rarity to let a sneeze shoot out without someone uttering those “Bless you” words.
Of course, that family discussion inspired me to research sneezing on some online sites. I found that sneezing is a way for our bodies to get rid of some irritant, like dust, pollen, pet dander, pepper, or even a tiny bug that flew up our nose. Whatever the irritant, our body knows that it must get rid of the problem right away. A sneeze begins with a tickle. This message is then sent to a “sneeze center” in our brain, where it dispatches the message to our muscles. And not only is our nose and mouth involved, but even our abdomen, diaphragm, chest, vocal chords, and eyelids all play a role in a full-blown sneeze. They work together to expel 2,000-5,000 bacteria-filled droplets into the air. That’s a lot of germs floating around! This explains why we cover our mouths when we sneeze, preferably with a tissue that can be thrown away. WOW! That impresses upon me, once again, the magnitude of God's creative genius.
So, are we being too casual with saying "God bless you!"? The words bless, blessed, and blessing are found over 500 times in the Bible. As I said to my kids, I can use as many blessings as I can get! For sure I come away with these certainties from God's Word:
~ It is good and right to bless the Lord. He is worthy of all my praise. “Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, all that is within me, Bless His holy name.” Psalm 103:1
~ Blessing is the projection of good into the life of another. It isn't just words. It's the actual putting forth of our will for the good of another person. It always involves God, because when we will the good of another person, we realize only God is capable of bringing that. So we naturally say, "God bless you!"
So, today, my FB friends and family, I offer Aaron's words of blessing to the Israelites to you as I say "God bless you!"
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-27
Now when we hear “bless you” or “God bless you”, we can thank the giver of those words and say "He has". Thanks, St Gregory!