Bless you!

September 7, 2007 at 5:09 pm 4 comments

 Sayre, OK

We arrived in Sayre about 4:30 yesterday.  After almost 2 years of praying about coming here for an extended period, two visits and many emails and phone calls we are parked behind the church building in a huge pasture area. From our windows we can see a horse training arena, some horse trailers, a corral with several horses (yes this is a church) and then over to the northeast, on a hill, the new church building.  It is very beautiful here in Oklahoma, which I admit is not what I expected, but everything is green from unusual rain.  In fact it is pouring right now.  This is the wettest year anyone around here can remember.

Last night we had our official initiation to Oklahoma when a big storm blew through.  The weather service tracks these storms and the television stations show the tracking so you can watch it come at you, knowing how fast the winds are and when they will arrive at your door.  There was hard rain, thunder and lightning and winds exceeding 60 miles per hour hit us.  We are parked facing the north and this storm came from the west so it slammed us right on our left side.  We pulled in the slide outs on that side and waited it out.  It rocked us really good but we didn’t tip over!  We could have gone inside the church building to wait it out but we figured now was as good a time as any to see how it would be live here in the weather so we just rode it out.  Welcome to OK!

Can you consider yourself to be life giving if you withhold words of blessing from the people you live with, serve with or work with?  Many of us grew up in families where giving a blessing was thought to make you conceited, while putting people down would keep them humble.  I know, I think lots of good thoughts about people but I don’t always say them, especially to the people closest to me and I have been known to say things attempting to help someone grow that was more cursing than blessing.

Blessing others is not that hard.  It is often nothing more than saying what you are thinking. A simple acknowledgement of a good meal means a lot to Linda, a “you look great, nice job, great comments, or…” are easy to do and will make someone’s day and yet I don’t always do it.

It is not that hard to leave a blessing, just say something nice about someone.  The ideas are endless.  If you want to be known as a life giving person or a life giving church then blessing others as a way of life should be what we are known for, shouldn’t it?  Takes a lot of blessings to overcome all the curses in this world.

Blessing others is what Henry Nouwen had for us today:  To bless means to say good things. We have to bless one another constantly. Parents need to bless their children, children their parents, husbands their wives, wives their husbands, friends their friends. In our society, so full of curses, we must fill each place we enter with our blessings. We forget so quickly that we are God’s beloved children and allow the many curses of our world to darken our hearts. Therefore we have to be reminded of our belovedness and remind others of theirs. Whether the blessing is given in words or with gestures, in a solemn or an informal way, our lives need to be blessed lives.

Good word.

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Entry filed under: Belief, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Friendship, Holy Spirit, RV, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts, Travel.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michelle  |  September 8, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Hey, I’d sure love to heaar how you found this church. I just checked out the website. I love churches that will reach out to the unique interests and needs of the comunity. A church with a riding program how cool!! Will you be taking riding lessons and will be they be on bulls or horses? smile. Shelly

  • 2. Linda  |  September 8, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    I love you and am thankful you are willing to step out in faith – even though it is hard. Bless you for the strength to say no to the curses and yes to the blessings of our Abba.

    I stand beside you and am thankful to be walking into the future with you.

    Linda – your wife

  • 3. formedofclay  |  September 7, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Bless you for sharing your life with me — your struggles and your wisdom — your faith and your doubts — your advice and your praise — your laughter and your tears — in other words — YOU! I miss you as I am sure many others do as well.

  • 4. The Yachats Kid  |  September 7, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Greg,
    Excellent words ~ Spot on ~ Praying for this next leg {??} of The Journey.
    Shalom…
    The Yachats Kid

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