We All Need To Smile

Scripture Reading

May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Thought of the Day

Found this little story this week and it made me smile. We all need a few more smiles in our lives. Hope you are doing well and staying safe and sound. Be careful out there.

The children begged their mom for a hamster, and after the usual fervent vows that they alone would care for it, they got one. They named it Danny. Two months later, when Mom found herself responsible for cleaning and feeding the creature, she located a prospective new home for it. The children took the news of Danny’s imminent departure quite well, though one of them remarked, “He’s been around here a long time–we’ll miss him.”

“Yes,” Mom replied, “But he’s too much work for one person, and since I’m that one person, I say he goes.”

Another child offered, “Well, maybe if he wouldn’t eat so much and wouldn’t be so messy, we could keep him.”

But Mom was firm. “It’s time to take Danny to his new home now,” she insisted. “Go and get his cage.”

With one voice and in tearful outrage the children shouted, “Danny? We thought you said Daddy!”

Our scripture for today is from the book of Numbers. God sent this blessing for His people who were wandering around the wilderness. He sent it to help them find comfort and peace with the knowledge of His blessings. If you are a United Methodist, you will recognize it as the long time MYF Benediction. Over the many years of my life, I have said it over a thousand times or more. I did pick the scripture for today using the New English Translation because it had the word smile in it. I have to believe that after the Israelites received this blessing from God, that they would teach it to their children and each day stand in a circle and cross their arms (RIGHT OVER LEFT) and recite this, looking at each other as they did. It was a great blessing for them today and a great blessing for us today. If you know it, say it. If you don’t, learn it. It will give you peace.


Lord, Thank you for Your blessings. They help!  Amen.

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