For children in biblical times receiving their father’s blessing was a momentous event. It gave these children a sense of being highly valued by their parents. In the story of Esau and Jacob, the father blesses only Jacob, leaving Esau hurt and in anguish. In verse 34 with a bitter cry, Esau said, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!” Then in verse 36, he again asked his father, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”
This painful cry and longing is being echoed by many people who are searching for their family’s blessing, men and women whose parents for whatever reason have failed to bless them with words of love and acceptance. We all need to be genuinely loved, appreciated and accepted by our parents, especially the children. When we give the blessing to those in our homes, we empower them to live much happier and fulfilling lives.
When blessings are not forthcoming, children ache and long for them all their lives. Withheld blessings become an emotional liability and a heavy burden. One of the greatest things we can do for our children and grandchildren is to always give them our blessing. This is done in a number of ways.
Proverbs 18:21, our spoken words. “The tongue has the power of life and death.” God intends that we use our words to encourage, uplift, heal, strengthen and bless our children and others. Spoken words of praise and appreciation give the child and the adult an indication that he or she is valuable.
Mark 10:13, meaningful touch. “They brought children to Jesus, that He might touch them (bless them).” The symbolic meaning of touch is powerful and uplifting. Each time the blessing was given in scripture, a meaningful touch was involved — a kiss, hug or a hand on the shoulder. These are only two examples but there are many more. Have you blessed anyone lately especially your children?
On Oct. 9, 1998, Senate Resolution 278 was passed declaring April 30 as “Dia de los Niños” or “Young Americans Day.” Let’s remember to bless our children who represent the hopes and dreams of our nation.
Have a blessed day.