In A Minute: Famous Christmas Words
Blessed are you among women. Luke 1:42
The Hebrew word most often translated “bless” is barak, which can mean to praise, congratulate, or salute. Elizabeth prayed a blessing over Mary and over the child Mary was carrying.
When we bless someone, we pronounce God’s good upon their life. There are several reasons why it is important to release blessing over people. I will discuss three of them.
We bless people to encourage them in their walk with the Lord. Elizabeth did this for Mary. Her blessing said, “Mary, I want you to know and remember how blessed you are that God has chosen you for this honor.” To bestow this blessing upon a person gives them a sense of God’s pleasure. It brings encouragement and lets them know they are walking in the will of God.
We bless people to bring clearer understanding of their purpose. Elizabeth said you are the “mother of our Lord”. In doing so, she is validating Mary’s purpose. Sometimes our understanding of what God is doing is vague. When someone blesses us, they highlight or give emphasis to what was faint and not clearly seen by us.
We bless people to give them a sense of their uniqueness. Elizabeth said Mary was blessed among women. This meant that God saw Mary as an individual among the many. She became more than just a face lost in the crowd. Our blessing brings an awareness of God’s personal touch on a person’s life.
As you see, a blessing is simply a statement of good will for someone. We are releasing the favor of God upon their life and making them aware of God’s goodwill toward them. It turns the focus of the person being blessed to God from whom all blessings flow.
May God richly bless you.