A Blessing for the New Year

What better way to greet the new year than with a blessing

Aaron with Blossoming Rod, From Amiens Cathedral

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them. 

Moses and Aaron were brothers, and they had a sister, Miriam. God called Moses to be a prophet and lead the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt into the land that God promised them.  Aaron was called to be a priest, and his descendants were dedicated to serving God, and leading the people in worship.  Their older sister, Miriam, was the one who watched over Moses when as an infant he floated on the river in a basket. She watched until he was discovered by Pharoah’s daughter, and taken in safety to grow up in the palace.   A passage in the book of Micah suggests she had a legacy with significant regard among later prophets: “And I brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, and I sent before you Moses, and Aaron, and Miriam.” Micah 6:4.  God sent Moses, Miriam and Aaron to bless and lead the people.  As we begin our journey through the coming year, remember that you are blessed.

Because this is a story from the Hebrew Scriptures, I suggest a Jewish source for children’s activities related to blessings: Blessing Activities.  Here is a way for children to count their blessings.

Mother Anne+

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