They shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. Numbers 6:27
The names of my three children come up in my prayers more often than any others. As a young parent I discovered this promise that has since guided my prayers for them. This promise follows the familiar Aaronic blessing: God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and keep you and gift you, God look you full in the face and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26 NLT).
By blessing people we place the name of our God on them.
I envision the name of Jesus imprinted on my children’s foreheads signifying they belong to Him. He’s the only One who loves them more than their father and me. Wrapped up in that name – Jesus – is a blessing. I bless them with my love and prayers, but He blesses them with a peace that overflows with life, a gift far greater than I can give.
They began life in the sanctuary of my womb, hidden from the world in that secret place. He knew them before I did (Psalm 139). He blessed them before my lips could form their names. I’m familiar with their ways. I see traits that have existed in them from their beginnings, yet, in comparison to God, I’m only beginning to know them. He hears their thoughts, understands their silences. I dearly love and cherish them but He loves them many times more than I’m capable of loving.
The name of Jesus – the greatest name in all the world – etched on my children, and now their spouses and my grandchildren. He will bless them with an eternal, magnificent blessing that far exceeds my blessing. We can pray for and entrust the well-being of our children into the hands of the One who will bestow His blessing on them.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the power of the name of Jesus, the name that embodies all the light and life a person needs for a lifetime. My children are blessed because of your Name.
Rose McCormick Brandon is author of One Good Word Makes all the Difference, Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children and co-authored other books, as well as many magazine articles, devotionals and personal experience pieces. A member of The Word Guild, Rose has received awards for her personal experience pieces. Visit her website Writing from the Heart. She has a faith blog, Listening to my Hair Grow and a British Home Child blog, Promises of Home.