Bless Me Father, Bless Me!

Written by Ed Howes

Bless Me Father, Bless Me!

May our Father daily increase your wisdom, love, gratitude, reverence, healing, peace, joy, happiness, laughter and prosperity. In just about 15 seconds I declared my love for you by asking these blessings for you. If you are one who does not knowrepparttar One as Father, I wish you double portions of blessing.

Deepak Chopra tells us inrepparttar 126966 Second Spiritual Law of Success,repparttar 126967 Law of Giving, that we should never visit anyone without bringing a gift; a card with a sentiment, a flower, a silent prayer or blessing. In fact, he says, a silent prayer or blessing isrepparttar 126968 best gift of all. He says we should make it a point to bless everyone we meet, every day. He suggested a brief blessing like: I wish you peace, joy and happiness. I thought that covered a lot but I asked what blessings I would like to receive and my list grew to seven things. In a few weeks it grew to nine. In a few more it grew to ten, where I thought it enough.

I began with wisdom because I remembered a proverb that said wisdom wasrepparttar 126969 principle thing. With all my getting, get me wisdom. That pretty much defines my quest for this life. Wisdom teachesrepparttar 126970 value of love and love springs forth from wisdom. To have some of each brings gratitude forrepparttar 126971 gifts and reverence for all who provide them. This attitude facilitates healing for self and others. As we become whole, we find peace. In peace we find joy, in Joy we find happiness and contentment. In happiness we find laughter. Inrepparttar 126972 growth these blessings generate, we find a natural prosperity unmeasured by material wealth. If I want these things for me, so do I truly want them for you and for presidents, all their counsel, dictators and evil doers. Who on this earth has no need of blessing?

As I began to apply this wisdom, I was blessed in very unexpected ways. Yet I had much difficulty in remembering to bless everyone I met every day. It occurred to me that I could incorporate this blessing as a blanket blessing forrepparttar 126973 world during morning and evening spiritual practice. Everyone is blessed, even when I forget to bless an individual I meet. I still try to remember personal blessing and grow better at it with time.

I had nominal religious training in a Protestant denomination betweenrepparttar 126974 ages of ten and sixteen. I lovedrepparttar 126975 ritual and not much else. I leftrepparttar 126976 church andrepparttar 126977 religious family to have all day Sunday for myself. I needed one day each week with nobody telling me what to do, for most of it. About fifteen years later, fatherhood had me asking questions aboutrepparttar 126978 meaning of life and I began finding answers wherever I looked, especially inrepparttar 126979 Scriptures. I became a fascinated Bible student. I would soon learn that every answer raised more questions and I would never know it all.

I did a study on what is commonly calledrepparttar 126980 Lord's Prayer, a prayer that already had a history in America and its schools. In 1962, whenrepparttar 126981 Supreme Court declared that God had no business in government schools, I could see howrepparttar 126982 atheist's children could be made uncomfortable by this group activity. I did not protestrepparttar 126983 loss of this daily ritual, or keepingrepparttar 126984 Pledge of Allegiance ritual, since I was clearly pledging allegiance torepparttar 126985 ones who operatedrepparttar 126986 school that was preparing me for a godless life.

Less than two years fromrepparttar 126987 court decision, President Kennedy was assassinated. Less than two years after that, we were going off to Vietnam. Before that war was over we were fighting a war on poverty. Before that war was over we were fighting a war on drugs. I sensed a connection and my study ofrepparttar 126988 prayer confirmed it.

Incidental to my study of this prayer, I learned it was a fitting prayer for those who see theirselves in a paternal relationship torepparttar 126989 Supreme Power. Therefore, it could be prayed by Christians, Jews and Muslims. It is a prayer given to students by a master, recognized by all three faiths, uponrepparttar 126990 request of one student who thought it good to know just how to pray.

It is important to noterepparttar 126991 master did not respond saying, recite this prayer. He said to pray in this manner and then gaverepparttar 126992 form which prayer should take. We are free to modify its content to our liking and it is a matter of respect to frame our content inrepparttar 126993 proper form, as with a business letter. The form isrepparttar 126994 thing of greatest importance to us andrepparttar 126995 content as given is secondary, but still important.

The very first word, "Our", is plural possessive - a claim of possession. I am not praying for me. I am praying for us. Who we are depends on my worldview. We might be family, we might berepparttar 126996 other people praying with us. We might berepparttar 126997 nation in which most ofrepparttar 126998 children prayed for us, five days a week. We might be allrepparttar 126999 Christians ofrepparttar 127000 world. We might be allrepparttar 127001 people ofrepparttar 127002 world. We might be every living thing in this world. It is clearly a personal choice to define we/our or child of God.

"Father",repparttar 127003 next word, puts to rest all arguments aboutrepparttar 127004 name of God. The master shows it is our relationship that matters andrepparttar 127005 proper address expresses this relationship. "Who is in heaven" distinguishes from a living biological father, but not one who has passed over. "Sacred is your name" does distinguish from any biological father and explainsrepparttar 127006 ancient Hebrew custom of not publicly pronouncing a name. A sacred thing made common is no longer sacred, as in common sense. Name in Scripture also symbolizes authority. For example; Israel means rules with God. This is why Abram's name was changed and Jacob's. We are acknowledging this Father's authority in declaringrepparttar 127007 sacredness of it.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 10:1

Written by Stanley T. Crawford

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Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 10:1 By Stanley T. Crawford

A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son isrepparttar 126965 grief of his mother. Proverbs 10:1

As a general rule, a mother will grieve and worry about a child no matter whatrepparttar 126966 child's behavior. Onrepparttar 126967 other hand, men will show empathy, but will not worry torepparttar 126968 same degree as women will.

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