Monday, January 07, 2008
I have been blessed by Steve (more than a week ago... this is what happens when you go on vacation and then scramble to catch up with your blog-reading).
Here's the blessing deal:
The idea… it’s a game of tag with a difference, rather than looking inwardly, we look outside ourselves and bless, praise and pray for one blog friend. By participating in this endeavour we not only make the recipient of the blessing feel valued and appreciated, but we are having some fun too. We’re going to see how far the bloggin’ blessings can travel around the world and how many people can be blessed! Recipients of a bloggin’ blessing may upload the above image to their sidebar if they choose to. If you recieve a bloggin’ blessin’ please leave a comment on this thread here so that we can rejoice in just how many blessings have been sent around the world!
I am honored. This means so much to me. When people in church are reluctant to have their names go on the prayer list, I am always puzzled, and often say something like, "But do you know how amazing it feels to have other people praying for you?" I have been on the receiving end of prayers many times in my life... it is one of the most powerful ways we can be in community together.
I have noticed that a lot of folks bless and pray for three or five blogfriends. I will go with three:
Little Mary: I think this post summarizes many of the things I love about her: her passion, her rock-solid faith, her uncompromising witness to the gospel. Plus, she is one stylish babe (I believe the term 'sexycool' applies here)! I bless her, and pray for her, that her heart's deepest desire will come to pass in 2008.
Bishop Laura: I can't express my admiration for her... her deep, visionary mystic's heart, her brilliant academic mind, her willingness to be so vulnerable in her blogging, her willingness to engage in conversation with those who attack her for the journey she is on. I bless her, and pray for her, that 2008 will be the year in which she finds the fulfillment she seeks.
Milton: A poet's heart; a lover's sensibilities; an adventurer's spirit; and he can cook. What else can be said? I bless him, and pray for him, that the darkness might be lifted once and for all, and that he might see himself as we see him.
And to so many others of you out there... I bless you, and pray for you, that 2008 may truly be "the year of our Lord" for you.
Waterfall courtesy of travelblog.org.