Medicine is a place where you’ll hear some curses.  I had my time, too.  When I was a resident, I developed a bad profanity habit.  I was tired and frightened, I guess, and ‘everyone else was doing it.’  Great reasons, right?

Well, over the years, thank God, I’ve stopped all that (or He stopped all that).  Short of being attacked by hornets or slamming my hand in the car door, in which case I might slip-up, I have my tongue under control.

But it’s more than the words.  Cursing isn’t just saying an angry word.  When we curse something, or someone, we are calling down anger, or bad things, on that person.  Curses have lost their connotation in modern life, and have become quaint colloquialisms.  But curses they remain.

So I’ve decided to try using blessings here on the blog.  There’s a song by Christian artist John Waller in which he says ‘We will choose to be a blessing for life.’  That moved me.  I have also been touched by a book of Christian prayers (Classic Christian Prayers:  A Celebration of Praise and Glory, edited by Owen Collins, Testament Books, an imprint of Random House Value Publishing).

I have been reading blessings over my kids some nights during the week, as they go to sleep.  I don ‘t do it just so that they’ll hear it and ‘think positively.’  I do it because I believe that God’s honors our blessings as believers, and that just as our profanity and curses have power, so do our blessings.

Words have great power.  So I want to use them well, and in love.

So, here and there I’ll include a blessing for you, my readers:

Today’s is the Aaronic blessing, from Numbers 6:24-26:

Unto God’s gracious mercy and protection we commit you.   The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.  The Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

May it be so for you.

Edwin

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