So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. (1 Timothy 6:8 NLT)
Over the next few weeks, I plan to post selections from the book, Benedictions: A Pocket Resource by Robert I. Vasholz.
In the introduction to the book, Vasholz explains the definition and use of benedictions in the liturgy of the church:
The word benediction derives from two Latin words that mean to “speak well of”. Benedictions are pronounced by ministers at the close of worship services as an expression of hope and encouragement to God’s people to face whatever their future might hold. They are a reminder of a good and great God, Who is rich in mercy, Who is not only for them but with them in whatever trials may befall their life.
The book includes 109 benedictions arranged by Vasholz, the first 53 exclusively from Scripture and the rest include selected phrases from hymns coupled with Scripture.
Instead of sharing them in order, I will post them, as they speak to my heart. I long to be encouraged by God’s word and His Presence evoked through these words spoken over our souls.
May your heart be encouraged, as you pause to reflect on God’s good words and His goodness.
The benediction for today comes from Philippians 4:11 and the hymn, Father I know that all my life by Anna L. Waring:
Now may you be satisfied to fill a little space if God be glorified,
And not hurry to and fro seeking for some great thing to do,
But seek from God daily strength while keeping at His side,
Till you can say with the apostle of old, I have learned
to be content
In whatever circumstance I am in.