The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, ESV)
I turned first to my eldest, placed my right hand on her head, looked into her eyes and said:
Amy, may the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make His face shine on you,
and be gracious unto you.
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you peace. Amen!
This blessing came as a refreshing three-fold reminder that the Lord is the source of all blessing. Although I was painfully aware of my potential failure to be a blessing to my children, there came the assurance that I could look to the One who has no potential for failure—the One who could be for my daughters what I could never be in the flesh. After repeating the blessing over my younger daughter, I resolved from that day forward to make “The Blessing” a regular part of our bedtime routine.
Nine years have passed since that night. The after-supper wrestling matches, bed-time stories on my lap, and airplane rides into bed are either impossible or no longer “cool.” I am now looking into the eyes of two emerging young women, who still happily anticipate their father’s blessing before falling asleep.