The Power of a Blessing

We haven’t been the greatest parents spiritually. I hear parents talk of how they have family devotions every evening and I just think, “We suck!” We have never done a family devotion, unless the reading of Luke 2 on Christmas morning counts. We don’t send our children to Christian School like other good Christians do. But the one thing we do is pray a blessing over our children when we drop them off at school. We’ve been doing this for 16 years but never seen the impact like we have this year with our adoptive boys.

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My wife Carolyn was running late to drop off our almost 4-year-old and almost 3-year-old at preschool, which, by the way, is at a Baptist Church in case you were judging us harshly. Her habit is to pray a blessing over each of them in the parking lot prior to heading to their classrooms, nothing long and pharisaical mind you, but brief and to the point. Well, on this particular day she was in such a hurry that she forgot to pray for the boys. As she dropped off Sam (our almost 3-year-old) and began walking down the hall, relieved that the morning ordeal was over and the boys had been delivered safely to their respective classes, Sam came running out of his classroom, tears in his eyes and teacher in tow. He cried out, “You forgot to pray, Mommy.” Immediately Carolyn turned on her heels, ran to our little boy, took him in her arms and prayed a blessing over him. The teary-eyed teacher watched, moved by the tenderness of a young boy longing for the prayer and blessing of his parent.

Sam has only been a part of our family for 11 months. He came to us from an environment where prayer was foreign, blessings were few, and safety and security were not a certainty. Yet in his brief time with us he has come to know the power of prayer and a blessing. He knows the comfort of a loving hand on his head and the peace of God which transcends all understanding that results from prayer.  He has come to know the love of an earthly father and mother and is learning the love of his heavenly Father.

So, for those of you who feel you don’t measure up to other Christian parents, why not try praying a simple blessing over your children each day as they head off to school or day care. It won’t take a minute, but it will affect your child immediately and change him or her for a lifetime!

Comments

  1. Charles Brown says:

    Powerful message. Thank you for the great reminder that even the little things we do can have eternal ramifications.

  2. Dustin Kaehr says:

    So true!!

    Our boys don’t leave to get on the bus (or get out of the car at the preschool) until my wife or I have prayed for them and the day ahead. So good to know we are planting those seeds early!

  3. paul dare says:

    this was great. Very encouraging and motivating. Kurt Cameron wrote about this recently too. So simple and yet so profound.

    I was wondering if you could share an example of what you pray for in your blessing. Some will not be familiar with what a blessing sounds like. Do we repeat some scripted prayer or just say whatever comes to mind? Please share some insight.

    • Scott McLucas says:

      Paul, thanks for the comment and question.Here is an example of what we may pray, “Dear Lord, may your blessing and hand of protection be upon … We thank you for him, this school, his teacher and friends May you encourage and fill him with your love and your Spirit, In Jesus’ name. Amen” We also change it up based on what is going on like tests, relational challenges, sporting events, etc. Often times we will pray that God be glorified no matter what. Hope that helps.
      Scott

  4. Bill McCoy says:

    I’m reminded that simple steady routine moments in the formative years of a boy’s life often yield the greatest long-term results. Rails to run on. Thanks for this poignant example!

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