Today's devotion is based on Luke 24:50. "[Jesus] raised his hands and blessed them."
Just before he ascends to heaven, Jesus blesses the disciples. It was appropriate to occur at this time – the last time he will physically see them, at the end of his physical ministry on earth. Their lives were continuing on this earth.
We are verbally blessed at the end of every worship service when the pastor or worship leader raises his or her hands and blesses us. And it is appropriate that we are sent out into our daily lives, our working or studying week blessed.
But is that the only time we are blessed? Aren't we blessed whenever we hear the gospel in a Bible reading, sermon, at a home devotion, during a group Bible study? So it is good we are blessed at the end of a worship service, but remember, we are blessed all along.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Thank you, Lord, for the reassurance of the words of the blessing. Help us to be aware of our daily blessings and to live in your grace each day. Amen.