“Blessing” is rightly sought by Christians,

   but do they really want God’s blessing?


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   Seeking good things from God is within the Christian’s rights and privilege as a member of God’s family. But does a believer know what he’s really asking for? According to Winn Collier¹:


   “To be blessed by God can be a terrifying experience, Saul of Tarsus encountered the Living God and fell to his knees, blind. Prophets trembled when God came calling. Israel hid her face from the thunder, the light, the crushing noise. Who, being honest, has confidence they can withstand God’s blessing? I’m not always sure I want God.”

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   Collier offers one of his “favorite and most disturbing blessings…penned by Sister Ruth Fox, a Benedictine nun from North Dakota:

   “May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

   “May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

   “May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

   “And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim that cannot be done.”


  ¹ Winn Collier, Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-town Church (Eerdmans, 2017; pp.75-76). We took liberties to add color and break up Fox’s single paragraph into 4 paragraphs. This book is a welcome read to those saddened by the church’s too frequent self-satisfaction, lack of total honesty, and true humility.