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How to Bless Your Children on Shabbat | PJ Library

One of the greatest gifts that can be given is the gift of blessing your children. These are godly blessings from parents by words and actions to their children. Blessings builds others up and conveys the fact that all our blessings are possible because of God. Long after our parents are gone, those early blessings help shape our lives.

Everyone Needs Blessing

Everyone needs a blessing, especially our own children. We all need to be encouraged, taught, complimented, and appreciated. And you have the ability to bless others. Be thankful that God not only blesses you, but that He has made you to be a blessing. We all get weary at times and need other people to let us know that we are valuable and appreciated.

Children are a blessing to their parents. They are an awesome gift from God. Children also need blessing from their parents, and above all, they need God’s blessing

God intended that faithful parents would be one of the main conduits of his blessings. In Bible times it was common for fathers to pronounce God’s blessings on their children. That was an act of faith.

Restoration of the Blessing

What if as a child you never received a blessing, or you felt neglected by your parents? The good news is God is all about restoration. We can forgive our parents if necessary and we can reflect on all the blessings the Lord has given us throughout our life. People may let us down including our parents, but the Lord will never let us down.

In addition, as a parent you can begin a new tradition of blessing your children by words and actions. Maybe your children are grown, and the Lord is prompting you to give them a blessing that is verbal or written down. It is never too late to bless your children. The Lord loves when we bless others.

Isaac’s Second Blessing of Jacob

In our story, Isaac blesses Jacob before he goes on a long journey to stay with his Uncle Laban. Jacob had deceived his father to receive the first blessing, but Isaac chooses to bless his son a second time and not let the enemy destroy their relationship. Isaac gives the blessing that God gave Abraham for all his generations.

Genesis 28:May God Almighty bless you and give you many children. And may your descendants multiply and become many nations! May God pass on to you and your descendants the blessings he promised to Abraham. May you own this land where you are now living as a foreigner, for God gave this land to Abraham.” So Isaac sent Jacob away.

Blessed to be a Blessing

I believe God blesses us so we can be a blessing and not only in a few places but everywhere we go. Think of how Jacob’s life was different because his father blessed him. Jacob was far from perfect and did not deserve the blessing he received. Are we any different, yet God blesses us? Give the gift of blessing your children

 Look for people who are needy and bless them. Share what you have with those who are less fortunate than you are. And remember, everyone needs a blessing, even the successful people who appear to have everything.

2 Corinthians 9:8And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.[1]

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[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (2 Co 9:8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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