He blessed Joseph, and said,
“The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
The God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,
The angel who has redeemed me from all evil,
Bless the lads; and may my name live on in them,
And the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
And may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”
We all need to “bless” our children – to remind them of God’s plan in our lives and theirs, to literally forecast their future as they follow God’s will. Near the end of Jacob’s (Israel) life, he called Joseph’s sons to himself for a blessing. He wanted them to experience the loving and faithful God he had come to know. God had kept promises to Jacob, cared for him with miraculous provision, and wrestled the evil out of him. The blessing was that they would know God as he did and grow to fulfill the promise given Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
How have I “blessed” my children? I have been observing God’s unique calling in each of their lives and as a result, prepare them in Christ like character by modeling it, while clearing the path ahead by giving them inspiration, encouragement and resources to follow what God has for them. They each are different and are responding at their own pace.
God, how powerful it is to bless our children. You have blessed me. Help me communicate it to my children. May Kai, Eden, Keanu and Kaenan become everything You desire and discover the plans You have for them day by day. Give them vivid pictures in their minds of what You are calling them to. (Lord, sorry to end this prayer with a preposition, poor grammar) Lol