“The Irish Blessing”, found on Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TascsWZPj8U, has been great fun to watch. 300 churches and individuals from across Ireland join voices and talents to sing the ancient Aaronic blessing found in Numbers 6: 24-27. People from all different ethnicities, in a geographical identifying location join together vocally, instrumentally and through dancing and language to send a blessing to the world. The Lord had Moses teach Aaron, his brother and the beginning of the priestly tradition for the Israelites to bless people:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
This blessing has been passed through generations from Judaism to Christianity to this video seeking to bless people during Covid 19. In fact many versions of this blessing are found on the internet today from different national and common interest groups.
When God is a priority in our lives, we seek his blessing and desire to be held in the palm of his hand. We seek to see his face shine on us. I see that as a smile, sending love and acceptance. We desire that he be gracious to us. We will hear about that in the sermon Sunday as we look at Peter caught in a storm. We want God turning his face towards us, listening, seeing and not walking away turning his back on us. Yes, and peace is our prayer today in our tumultuous world. As we pray for healing in the face of tremendous grief in Beirut, we pray God’s blessing for you in the midst of your journey. May you take time to listen to this video and be blessed.