Blessings and Benedictions
Take into your heart and soul these expressions of blessing and rise up strong and courageous to follow Christ in mission on the earth and into Glory.
The meaning of the word “Bless” is to make somebody or something holy: to bestow holiness on somebody or something.
Strength for Life:
Wayne Dillard, 2010, http://prayercentral.net/
I bless you in the name of Christ, whose blood covers the doorpost of your life, whose death set you free from darkness, and whose resurrection empowers you to glorify His name through bold acts of faith.
I bless you in the name of the One, who loves you with an everlasting love, who knows all your thoughts, catches ever tear, and hears every whisper. The One who makes a way when there is no way, and brings streams in the midst of your desert.
I bless you with the peace of Christ that passes understanding, and carries you up and over the obstacles of life. The knowing that there is more than you can see, and that in Christ you live and breathe and move and have your being.
I bless you with the resurrection power of Jesus, that calls you to your place, unites you with fellow believers, equips you for exploits and sends you forth with boldness and purpose.
May Jesus, the son God, the Christ, the Lamb that was slain for the sins of the world, the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings, the One true God, who reigns and rules forever be represented through your life, and glorified by your faith, love and obedience.
In the mighty and worth name of Jesus, Amen.
Release into Eternity:
J. Addison Leitch, 1973 in preparation for his own funeral
Now may the grace that is all-sufficient,
the mercy that endures forever,
the peace that passes all understanding,
the joy that is unspeakable and full of glory,
the hope that makes not ashamed and fades not away,
keep us in Christ Jesus until the day breaks and
the shadows flee away and
we see Christ face to face, and are like Him. Amen.