Triple Blessing

boy kisses girl1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

May God the father personally, (and Jesus) bring us back to you.
May Jesus fill you and surround you with love for each other and for everyone, just as we are full of love for you.
May that love strengthen your hearts and make you blameless in God’s sight when Jesus and his followers appear.

This blessing is as close as the New Testament gets to a trinitarian formula. But the church invented the trinity a couple generations after these writings.

As it is, language – any language, New Testament language included – is full of triplets. This is one of them. And, as blessings go, this one is a good model. Use any of these in any combination to build and deepen your relationships in any facet of your life:

  1. May we see each other again. What better affirmation of a bond between people than the expression of your desire to be near someone? And, when people who are genuinely engaged with each other get together, the potential for joyful creation and remarkable work increases exponentially.
  2. May your love and affection for others be contagious. For when the circle of those who are together in mutual respect and affirmation, there is not only the potential for creative work, but for real and meaningful community. And,
  3. When it’s all over, may you have no regrets. Having spent your days in creative meaningful community looking back, you know without second-guessing that what you did was worth the while, and the people whose lives you’ve made a difference for will (whether they recognize it or not) be better off because you were there.

And now that you have read this, may these blessings be with you.