For me some of the happiest, most joyful, most comforting, and just plain exciting parts of the Bible are the blessings written for those who hear the word. Specifically, I am drawn to the blessings found in New Testament scripture. Such as the letters from Paul, which often begin with “grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Blessings like this are found throughout the entirety of scripture. They are often short and sweet and buried within the introduction of the text, and far too often I skip over them and plunge right into the heart of the message, but I have found that these blessings are so very important.
They were blessings first written towards the early church, but they are still very much alive today. They are written for those who hear the word and for those who read the word; they have blessed not only the people of the early church but every generation since. I do not think that these greetings and prayers, for those who come in contact with the word, could ever dry up or expire. The Bible is the living word of God, and the blessings it has for the people are just as relevant today as when they were written. Those prayers uttered so long ago, that were lifted up for those who embrace the scripture, are still working in our lives today. We are so blessed to have some of them in writing here before us. In my mind those prayers being uttered, for grace and peace, span the generations of believers; and so I find it uplifting and joyful to spend a moment reading and reflecting on the implications of those words. This book is living, it is His gift to us, it is His holy inerrant word, and it is full of blessing because of how He loves us. Enjoy it.