And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
II Corinthians 9:8
I have a tradition of blessing the boys when they hop out of the car for school. I make the sign of the cross on their foreheads. Much like many of you will do at the drive-thru for ashes or at home with the online service. I remind our boys to do their best, be kind, and we love them. Last week, for the first time, I made the cross on my one year old's forehead as he stood in front of me, and he said his one and only phrase he knows apart from a half dozen words. As I asked God to bless him and crossed him with my thumb, eyes wide, he looked at me and said, "Oh Wow."
When I mark our oldest, he smiles. He often requests it. He fully understands it and loves it. When I mark our middle son, he grins. He gets that it's special. And then there's our toddler. He knows he's loved. He erupts into smiles and giggles when me or his mother enter the room. He doesn't understand it on any deeper level. But he is wowed. At times in my life, I've been like my teenager. I've craved and needed God's blessing. At other times, I'm like my middle son, grateful, and beginning to comprehend. And at other times, like my youngest... God loves little old me? Oh wow.
Where are you in your faith walk or faith life? Are you in or at a church or watching online every week? Invested in a small group or Bible study? Or have you wandered away in quarantine or for longer? God's words and faith family are a real blessing, whether we are seeking it or not. Maybe you are seeking it. I hope you'll join me at church or online each week. Or maybe, you've needed to feel that love, to be inspired, encouraged, challenged, connected. And I hope you'll join us and just maybe, you'll have a moment of childlike wonder, and won't be able to help saying, "Oh, wow."