Benediction

BENEDIC’TION, n. [L. benedictio, from bene, well, and dictio, speaking. See Boon and Diction.]

1. The act of blessing; a giving praise to God or rendering thanks for his favors; a blessing pronounced; hence grace before and after meals.

Many people offer thanks before eating. That’s common enough. But Webster suggests something more in his definition. Something more beautiful even than a prayer of blessing.

Saying Grace after meals? Who does that?I can honestly say I have never heard of doing that until I read Webster’s definition. But it makes sense. Think of the ten lepers that Jesus healed (Luke 17). Only one returned to say thanks. Only one offered his grateful benediction after his provision of healing was supplied.

Am I quick to offer my benediction after my needs are met, or do I just pray a  desperate prayer and then run off like a happy child with an ice cream cone  when the moment has passed?

I like to try and write down things that I am thankful for in a notebook so I can recall them later. It’s another opportunity for benediction. For pouring. For quiet communion.

Paul understood this idea of benediction. His letters end with a lovely benediction and encouragement to the believers he is writing:

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.  Amen.

Jude 1:24,25

May my life be a continual outpouring of thanksgiving unto my God. My my days end in benediction and peaceful praise, for He is most worthy.

Comments

  1. Barbara Johnson says:

    Yes, may it be so in all our lives!
    Love you,
    Mom

  2. “Am I quick to offer my benediction after my needs are met, or do I just pray a desperate prayer and then run off like a happy child with an ice cream cone when the moment has passed?”
    I love this Anna! I am so guilty. Thanks for the beautiful reminder to live a life of gratitude. ( :
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  3. This is beautiful, Anna-Marie. There is an Abbey about 15 minutes outside of town that is a LOVELY place for reflection. I hope to go soon to get some time away from all of life’s daily distractions. I drove out there one day to see it and it is so peaceful there. Several acres of land with orchards and a vineyard. Simply beautiful.
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  4. That sounds lovely Lisa. It’s nice to have a place like that.

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