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!
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It was just "puppy love" that brought my Honey and I together at the ages of 13 and 12. We eventually married at the "mature" ages of 18 and 17. And that's when our faith journey began. Over the years, we encountered many opportunities to stretch our faith, especially when our babies were very sick, when financial situations were out of control, and when our marriage relationship had some rocky periods.But we made it through those times by our strong faith and trust in God. But never was our faith more challenged, than when my 63 years "young" husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer. Fortunately, the 44 years of marriage and faith-building experiences, caused us to "weather the storm", and still remain in peace and strong in our faith. This "peace that passed understanding" compelled me to blog and share the principles that caused our faith to be unwavering and continues to give me the joys of living large! I'm still here, so I'm not done!. I pray you will grow in your faith as you, not only read the blogs, but apply the principles to your own life -- for the good times, and especially for those times that seem so overwhelming.