Be a Blessing
Posted on October 1, 2018 by America's Keswick in Victory Call
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)
The voice on my answering machine closes with these words, “God bless you today and may you be a blessing to someone.” I was inspired to record that by remembering the beautiful benediction daily expressed by Dr. Robert Cook on his radio program: “walk with the King today and be a blessing.”
When I think of how the Lord has showered me with blessings, my heart overflows, and I pray, “Lord, help me to bless others because of what you’ve given to me.” Would you be willing to pray that on a daily basis, too? Then hear His response, “Now you go out and bless others in My name.”
A dear friend in my Bible study was recently diagnosed with a serious condition that imposed physical restrictions on her. As she struggled to accept the reality and wept over her lost independence, we all wept with her. She knew our tears were prompted by our love, and she felt blessed.
As medicine improved her condition, she rejoiced and thanked the Lord, and so did each of us. Through the weeks and months, we had not only prayed with her and for her, but also demonstrated “love in action.” One member phoned every morning to read a daily devotional she could no longer read for herself, and how that blessed her! Others visited and took “goodies,” phoned, sent cards and notes of encouragement – all evidences of caring, and she felt blessed.
Sometimes a hurting heart just needs someone to talk to; a listening heart can be a blessing. Caring, loving, encouraging, supporting by word and deed – all can bless.
E-mail can bless. It’s easy; it’s quick; it’s immediate; it’s an alternative when it is not possible to visit in person, due to time or distance. A message of understanding and prayer support can bless the recipient. How blessed I felt as I read a response to an email, “Your words were like ‘apples of gold in a setting of silver’” (Proverbs 25:11). A blessing given led to a blessing received.
“Walk with the King today, and be a blessing.”
Written by Midge Ruth: Midge Ruth was a member of the Board of Trustees of America’s Keswick from 1991 to 2011. She was a schoolteacher and a pastor’s wife. Midge went to be with the Lord in 2014.
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