Blessings The Bigger Picture (3)

The ‘UK Blessing’:

‘The Lord bless you and keep you Make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’

Yesterday Boris Johnson wrote a personal letter to Tim Hughes:

‘At a time when our churches are closed, I am filled with admiration to hear how you have used the power of music to bring together Christians of all denominations from across our United Kingdom.
 
“Your sensational singing masterpiece ‘The UK Blessing’ is truly uplifting and has touched millions around the world with its message of hope and its beauty….’

Abbie talks of her struggles with diabetes:

‘…Walking this journey with God has helped me to be more positive about it.  In a way having Type 1 Diabetes has brought me closer to God as I have learnt to trust Him and that he has a plan for my life.  I know that I am never alone and God gives me strength every day.’ 

Dave, the hospital chaplain, writes:

‘He lay so frail, emaciated…. I got his whole-life story: childhood, family, work-life, hobbies, marriage, war, children, disease, suffering, death.

I began to notice… that even the sad and tragic elements of his story were told through a positive realism. He was thankful even for the pain of life, the heartache and brokenness of it all.

I sensed… the presence of Christ. Then… he shouted out: “AND I JUST WANT TO THANK MY GOD FOR THE LIFE I’VE LIVED AND THE MANY BLESSINGS I’VE KNOWN.”

The preacher who lay in the bed before me was beautifully silent now. He reached out his hand and said, “Father, bless me.” And before I could say that I wasn’t a catholic priest, his head was bowed. I held his hand anyway and thanked God.’

Ref:

The UK blessing is taken from Aaron’s priestly blessing – Numbers 6:24-26. Released last week: featuring people from 65 churches: seen over 2.5 million times on YouTube.

‘Prime Minister give Tim Hughes award…’  Article by Cara Bentley Premier Christian News Thu 14 May 2020

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