The LORD spoke to Moses: Tell Aaron and his sons: You will bless the Israelites as follows. Say to them:
“The LORD bless you and protect you.
The LORD make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up his face to you and grant you peace.”
They will place my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them. (CEB)
Who wants to receive a blessing from the LORD? I presume most folks will say yes to this offer. I wonder if many of us interpret blessing as a material good thing that becomes part of our lives, even if temporarily, like a new car, a raise, or taking a vacation. And while that may be true, scripture appears to indicate that a blessing from God is far richer, more significant, and has greater meaning for the present and for the eternal. So let’s hear, proclaim, give and receive blessing as we abide in the presence of the LORD, and know that the LORD desires to abide with us.