SusanMarie/ November 3, 2014/ Uncategorized

As cold and flu season seems to be upon us, I was inspired to highlight this common practice. It is customary and widely accepted to say, “God Bless you” when someone sneezes. This was adopted theoretically at some point during the 1st 100 years after Christ’s death, at a point in History when the bubonic plague was running amuck. The benediction was thought to ward of or shield one from illness and evil.

In some cultures, sneezing is seen as a sign of good fortune or God’s beneficence.[9][13] As such, alternative responses to sneezing sometimes adopted by English speakers are the German word Gesundheit (meaning “health”), the Irish word sláinte (meaning “good health”), and the Spanish salud (also meaning “health”). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_bless_you

 Does this need to relegated to just when we sneeze?! I feel quite comfortable in blessing others all through out the day. If no one will offer you this statement of blessing, you can invoke it yourself. “God Bless me!”  He does and He will. He is the author and finisher of our faith, true to His word, magnificent, merciful & masterful.

Try it out, say the words, “God Bless me” once an hour all day long and see how you feel by the end of the day, end of the week, end of the month. It’s common for us to excuse ourselves, for unfortunate happenstances such as a burp or a cough, why shouldn’t we ask God to Bless to us. He is faithful to answer our request, it is just us who neglect to invoke the goodness!

This is an added layer of protection and grace available to us all, Let us embrace it and utilize it as often as possible. The effort is minimal but the benefits are great!

Have a BLESSED week, & may GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU IN CHRIST JESUS!

 Numbers 6:24 The LORD bless you, and keep you:

Deuteronomy 15:6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.

Psalm 67

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—[b]
so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

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