Bless You

The Lord bless you and keep you.
              —Numbers 6:24

Some churches close their services reciting the benediction of Numbers 6:24-26.

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.

For many years I’ve stepped out my door five or six mornings a week for an aerobic hour. The exercise is secondary to it being prayer time for me.

I pray for some friends every day—and for others only when something nudges me to think of them. Some have burdens I’m aware of and pray about, and some for whom my petition is a simple, “Please bless ___________.” I beseech God’s blessings for people I see along the way and will likely never see again: yard workers, garbage collectors, moms, dads, children.

Lift someone up in prayer today.

Your prayer today will help
shape someone’s tomorrow.

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