“Thank you & God Bless”

I want to say a genuine “thank you” to you for reading this article each month, I really appreciate it. Sometimes the words come easily and at other times I feel less inspired, but I am truly grateful for the opportunity to write each month and for every reader.

I find myself saying, “God Bless” quite a lot, that probably doesn’t surprise you, but recently I’ve been wondering afresh what I actually mean when I say it.

The truth is, I probably mean different things at different times depending on who I’m talking to and what their current situation is.

I think I usually mean something like, ‘I pray God will fill your life with good things and that you will be very aware of His presence with you …’

‘The Blessing’ is something that we close every service with at RENEW; there are many different ‘Blessings’ but we always end the service with one. Here is a ‘Blessing’ from the Franciscan tradition that I want to share with you:

“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 wish for justice, freedom and peace.

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 cannot be done.”

This blessing encompasses much of my heart as a Minister and the heart of RENEW church. I believe God is forming us into a group of people who together can pursue truth, depth, justice, freedom and peace; but first we need to be uncomfortable enough, more angry and less reserved, so that we can stand up against what is wrong and stand out for what is right. May we be the change that we want to see in the world. We are blessed to be a blessing.

If any of these words strike a chord with you, do feel free to contact me at home or at RENEW, by telephone, email or face-to-face. You are very welcome at any of our services.

Sincerely, “God Bless you”,

Rev. Alan Brand