I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of benediction…those words of blessing at the end of a time of worship, or over a child in baptism, or pronounced over a couple as they stand trembling before you and make forever vows…. We all need words of blessing spoken into our lives. I recently discovered a benediction that speaks not only blessing but challenge into our days:
May God give you the grace never to sell yourself short:
To risk something big for something good
Grace to remember that the world is too dangerous for anything but truth
And too small for anything but love.
So may God take your minds and work through them
May God take your lips and speak through them
May God take your hearts and set them on fire.
-Dr. William Sloane Coffin
May we not only receive blessing but be blessing in a world that desperately needs us.
Yours in Christ,