Shine upon Us

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.
Psalm 67:1-2

The opening of Psalm 67 reminds me that to pray God's blessing on myself, or on the people close to me, or on my own church is an act of selfishness only if I desire to hoard God's blessing. Here we see an acknowledgment that God's blessing of the Hebrew people was a sign of trust that that blessing would be shared beyond the borders of Israel, and that through them, the knowledge of God would be given to all.

So I will pray for myself, my friends and family, my church. But I will also pray that all of us in our newfound wholeness can be a blessing to a world in crisis.

Thank you, God, for entrusting the knowledge of your Name to your chosen people in times past. And thank you that, through them, even I have come to know you. As I ask for your blessing on my life, I pray for the grace to make your saving power known to those who have yet to learn of it; in Jesus' Name, who taught me to pray: Our Father...