A few weeks ago my family gathered to celebrate my father. It was his 80th birthday, so that called for a party. We ate, sang happy birthday, opened gifts and then blessed him with special memories we had each experienced with him. The room was filled to the brim with laughter and love! The memories brought a closeness and a joy to each one in the room. Our reading today is about blessing.
Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord! May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!
We know how to bless others (celebrate them), but how do we bless God? Celebrate God! We can celebrate him alone or we can celebrate Him with others. We remember and thank Him for all that He has done in our lives. We bring Him gifts. We bring Him the gift of ourselves.
It is easy to celebrate God during the good times. But we bless Him even in our darkest hours, when life seems the hardest. We praise Him when life seems unfair.
Every day is an opportunity to lift up our hands in thanks to God for what He has done for us. May we all give thanks and adoration where ever we go. May we bless Him in the good times and the bad, for He is worthy.