B is for Blessed

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter A

The names or descriptions of God beginning with B, which first came into my mind were Blessed and blessing, Bountiful and the Bread of life.  These are mostly rather specialised words and phrases.

Many people use the expression Bless, or sign something they have written with blessings.  “Bless you”, often follows a sneeze.

God’s blessing is worth receiving.  In his generosity (being bountiful) He is willing to pour out blessings on people.  He desires that people should bless Him.

Bread of Life is a description Jesus gave himself.  John 6:48

The final name I remembered for this letter is Brother.

This is the easiest of these ideas, but in some ways the most difficult.  People belong to families.  Male siblings are brothers.  What is amazing is that God (in the person of his Son) could be our Brother.  Matthew 25:40, Romans 8:29 and other passages of the New Testament use this idea.  We cannot be equal with God, but he came down to earth to be our Brother.

Here is a well-known prayer, which addresses Jesus as our Brother.

The prayer of St Richard of Chichester

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly
and follow Thee more nearly, day by day.

Further reading:

Holy Bible (If you do not possess one there are online resources and free translations for Kindle.)

Paradoxology

How can it be all right when everything is all wrong?

Forgetful Heart by Lucy Mills, who is taking part in the A to Z Challenge.

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6 thoughts on “B is for Blessed

  1. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge as part of the A to Z Ambassador Team! (I’m a minion/volunteer under Arlee.)
    Great post. I’m looking forward to more. Let me know if I can help you in any blogging way this month. I’ve followed you on your listed social media sites.
    @JLenniDorner

    Interesting theme.
    You know, I sneezed twice last week, and no one said “bless you” to me. (In any form.)
    Though, originally, people started saying “God Bless You” because people were dying of illness all around them, so people figured a sneeze was a sign the person was about to get sick and die, and God was the only help. (That’s what I learned from a history book once.)

    (Reposting in case my last try was “eaten” by the hungry Internet.)

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    • Hello, JLenni. How times have changed. Recently a man has been attacking people just because they sneezed! It resulted in a court case. Thank you for following my blog and connecting. I’ll visit back soon. Sue

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