In biblical days giving a blessing was a treasured time where fathers spoke words of encouragement and promise on their children. Genesis 48 records how Jacob blessed Joseph’s sons. Throughout God’s Word you can see where God spoke blessings through His prophets on the people of Israel.
Giving a child a blessing even in our day can be a very special time. I remember as a young woman my parents sitting down with me. My dad held both my hands in his and said to me, “Page, your mom and I will always love you. We will be here for you. We may not always agree with every decision you make, but we will always, always love you. We are thankful God gave you to us.” Then he and my mom prayed for me. Though that was a simple time with little fanfare, I still remember it and cherish their words.
A twist on this idea is to have a blessing time for a baby that is being born. Ask friends and family to come to a special dinner. Have each guest write out a blessing for the child and place the blessings in a special box. Spend time praying with the expectant parents. Then ask the parents to tuck the blessing box in a special place to be revealed to the child when age appropriate.
If your children are older, you can still give them your blessing much like my parents did. We are preparing for two weddings in the year to come. One of the ideas I have for the reception is to have a “Blessing Table.” On the table there will be cards and pens for guests to write a prayer or blessing for the new couple. A box will be provided to collect the blessings then given to the couple when activity slows down and they can read the prayers and blessings written for them. They will be a cherished treasure for years to come.