Benediction – Speak Well

My schoolboy Latin tells me: ‘benediction’ is made up of ‘bene’ – good and ‘diction’ – speaking.

The ‘UK Blessing’ has inspired many in the last month. It is based on Moses’ instructions to Aaron to bless – his benediction for the people:

‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face to you and give you peace.’  

As a good Jewish boy Bob Dylan would have known this benediction. Every Friday evening as the Sabbath started a Jewish father says to his children, ‘May God bless and keep you…’

Dylan wrote his song ‘Forever Young’ for his children. He expresses his wishes as a father and reflects those of every parent for their children.

‘May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young.’

There was much criticism of Dominic Cummings yesterday. It was good to read an alternative perspective.

Megan Cornwell and her husband contracted the virus and, facing hospitalisation, had to consider difficult and heart-breaking choices regarding their 3 year old daughter.

‘Unless you have lived that horror, unless you’ve had to face up to this nightmare scenario, you have no right to judge Dominic Cummings.

As Christians Jesus shows us a better way. He asks us to love others, even when it hurts. He asks us to believe the best of people even when they don’t deserve it.

When Jesus was faced with a braying mob looking for their pound of flesh, his response was simple: he who is without sin, cast the first stone…’

Speak well today.


The UK blessing features people from 65 churches: seen nearly 3 million times on YouTube.

Numbers 6:24-26

‘Forever Young’ by Bob Dylan written 1973 – probably written particularly for his son Jesse (born 1966). Bob Dylan songs have influenced me greatly. This is probably my favourite.

‘Jesus said: ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone’. That’s why I won’t judge Dominic Cummings’ Megan Cornwell 26th May 2020 Premier Christianity

Musing further…:

I think there may be a Part 2 tomorrow – let me know if you have thoughts to include!

One thought on “Benediction – Speak Well

  1. S and I were in London many years ago. Visited Westminster Chapel on the Sunday morning. R T Kendall was preaching and he said something I haven’t forgotten: “Speak only blessing”.



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