Thought for today (this blessing is one of my favorite)
“The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you Shalom.”‘ (Numbers 6:24-26) Jesus’ blessings for us today, emphasize the spiritual rather than the physical. While He gives certain assurances in the physical realm, His sacrifice on the cross had to do with restoring us to spiritual life and giving us spiritual bread and water so we need never hunger or thirst again (John 6:27-35). Jesus makes a point that the world often overlooks. He could have made it His business to provide physical blessings, but Jesus was providing something better, His Son. Those who emphasize their physical needs and desires over the spiritual, will only grow hungry again and ultimately perish whether they have something to eat or not. But those who partake of the Bread of Life will live forever. Jesus is our Rock, and gives peace to all who trust in Him. He is our solid foundation needed for stability. Jesus promises peace, and since He is the Prince of Peace, we can be sure of His promise. In this mad, crazy world, we are sorely in need of this calm assurance and peaceful confidence. Your friends, family and neighbors need it as well. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7). The supreme example of God’s graciousness is not found in the sun or rain or crops or physical prosperity. We are to thank God for these things; yet as wonderful as they are, they are pale when compared to the favor God bestows upon us through His Son Jesus.
(and in Hebrew for my Jewish friends)
Ye’varechecha Adonai Ve’yishmerecha.
Ya’er Adonai panayv eylecha vi’chuneka.
Yissa Adonai panayv eylecha,
Ve’yaseym lecha, shalom.
“In the beginning God………………..” !