Weekend Word 10/30/15: “Beginnings & Benedictions”

Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, 
The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; 
The LORD look upon you with favor, and give you peace. ~Deuteronomy 6:23b-27

This passage is known as the “Aaronic Blessing.”  It’s a popular benediction given at the end of worship services, or as people go out to serve and live in various ways.

A new wrestling season is here!  You’ve been training for the past two months and now it’s your first weekend of competition.  You probably have excitement and nervousness at the same time, regardless if this is your first college competition or your final go ’round of your college career.

As you go into this weekend, and as you begin the journey of another season, I want to offer you a blessing:

As the LORD is gracious with you, be gracious with yourself in defeat and humble in victory,
May the LORD keep you safe from all harm and injury, and
may you find peace and strength in the LORD in all that’s ahead.

I write these devotions for the Old Dominion University Wrestling Team, a top-20 program that competes in NCAA Division I.

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