While visiting with a friend a few days ago, he made the comment, "I'm not sure why it's called 'Shelter in Place' because after being together with my whole
family these last couple of weeks, it's more like being 'Confined in Place!'"
Maybe some of you tend to agree with my friend? Now, I know his love for his wife and children is unquestionable, but so were his frustrations with not being
able to manage his responsibilities outside the home the way he has done for years. I thought I would share something I challenged my friend to consider,
realizing our circumstances will likely not change for weeks to come - the power of extending blessings.
A blessing, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, is "the act or words of one that blesses". There are two Greek words in the New Testament
translated "blessing". Makarios denotes the state of happiness, such as is found the Beatitudes of Matthew 5. Then, Eulogeo represents
speaking good words or giving a good report of another. Therefore, it's logical to suggest that, when combined, a blessing is the intentional act of
expressing kind words, and actions, that results in the happiness of another.
In his book entitled, The Blessing, my good friend Dr. John Trent suggest there are 5 incredibly meaningful blessings that when extended, are able
to breathe life and love into relationships. They are: 1) Meaningful touch, 2) A spoken message, 3) Attaching high value to the one being blessed, 4)
Picturing a special future for the one being blessed and, 5) An active commitment to fulfill the blessing.
Undoubtedly, these days associated with CoVid-19 are challenging all of us in various ways. Yet, with every challenge also comes the opportunity for us to
bless our spouse and our children in ways that will become life-long, positive memories. Instead of family members recalling frustrations and discontent when
they think of Coronavirus many years from now, our collective prayer for ourselves is we will create positive memories by finding ways like those mentioned
by Dr. Trent, to bless those we love deeply, as well as those few others we interact with during these days.
Most importantly, let's not cease to praise God for every blessing we have today as did the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Stay healthy and have a great week!
Dewey Wilson Ph.D. and the staff at Strong Marriages
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