What does the phrase remain blessed mean?

How do I explain it to the children?

New pictures for faith

From Maria Riederer

Children also have tons of questions about faith. (Jan-Martin Altgeld)

What does blessing actually mean? Who is blessing whom, and what happens in the process? These are the questions that come to mind when children think about God and faith. It is not uncommon for us adults to fail to answer.

Children: "If you have been blessed, then I guess you are braver than usual and feel great.

The pastor also often says in church: "The blessings be upon you" or something like that
- It doesn't have to be specifically the pastor or the parents. Anyone can bless you.

If you are blessed and other people persuade you well, then you have more courage, and if you say: You won't make it anyway, then you also have a worse feeling.

On the plane, that the plane won't crash, I saw someone who did that, we specifically don't do it now, but we hope so. That was a woman who also had a baby, she hugged it and then made a cross around herself and the baby. "

The word "bless" is derived from the Latin signare. Signare means to signify, in this case with the sign of the cross. Benedicere, the Latin word for bless, literally means: to say good, to wish good - with a sign, with a touch. Is the blessing a kind gesture or a spell? The children feel that encouragement makes them strong and courageous. Is a cross drawn on the forehead more than just persuading a friendly person?

When one person blesses the other, a tripartite relationship is manifested between God and man and man.

Girl: "Father, I want to finally make my way through the desert. I want to go to the city on the other side of the big mountains."

Father: "You know that this is dangerous. And that you are all on your own there."

Girl: "Yes, I know that. But I still want to try."

Father: "Then let me give you this coat. It should cover you and protect you from the dangers on your way."

Girl: "A coat should protect me? It can warm me or keep the wind away. But protect - from predators and wild animals?"

Father: "Yes. You will see that he gives you a special power."

Girl: "But - what kind of coat is that? Where does it get the strength to protect me from?"

Father: "There is a particularly precious thread woven into it. It is finer than silk, warmer than goat hair, more durable than wool. This thread is entirely spun out of God's love. Every person who is born gets this thread with it." From the beginning."

Girl: "Anyone? Me too?"

Father: "You too. Of course. You wear it in your hair, around your wrist, in your pocket ... you just don't know it yet. You will find it when you need it."

Girl: "If I carry the thread myself, what do I need your coat for?"

Father: "My arms are not long enough to hold you when you are gone. So at least my coat should touch you. When I first walked over the mountains, my father gave me the coat. You will too don't keep it to yourself. But never forget what gives the cloak its power. It's not you. It's not me - it's God's love. "

Where does a person even have the authority to bless? In the book of Genesis, God blesses the animals that he created. And then the people - and he gives them an order.

"God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him. Man and woman he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them: Be fruitful and multiply, populate the earth, subdue it and rule over the fish of the sea, of the birds of the sky, and of all the animals that move on the land. "

God has blessed all living beings. But he gives people an even greater authority. He should subjugate creation. Man would do well to understand that this is God's first commission to pass on his blessings to all living beings - and not to exploit creation. Man should pass on God's blessing.

"The Lord said to Abraham: Move away from your land, from your relatives and from your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make you a great people, I will bless you and make your name great. A blessing shall be given be you. "

Barach is the name of the blessing in Hebrew. That means: endowed with healing power. This means being blessed and blessing at the same time. The two are inextricably linked.

Whoever blesses, does so in the optative: "God bless you". "God bless you". This is not a statement, but a wish. The blessing man is not in control of things. He wants to place them - with the power of his own faith - in God's care. Be it the welfare of his child or another person - be it the harvest, peace in the house or protection while traveling - as in Psalm 121.

"The Lord is your keeper, the Lord gives you shade; he stands by your side. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord will protect you from all evil, he will protect your life. The Lord will protect you You, if you go away and come back, from now until forever. "