The Lord Bless You and Keep You

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“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine

upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord

turn his face toward you

and give you peace.”

Numbers 6: 22-26

In countless churches and Jewish congregations, around the world this beautiful and timeless prayer is recited each week.

God bless you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

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With All Our Hearts

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“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God

with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

These commandments that I give you today

are to be on your hearts.”

Deuteronomy 6: 4-6

To all my Jewish friends out there – Shabbat Shalom! Tonight is Friday, and as the sun goes down, no matter where you are in the world (according to each time zone) Jewish people, regardless of how liberal or conservative, will be singing a variation of these words from Deuteronomy.

“Hear O Israel…..Shema Israel, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad……” It is a prayer really, that is sung by each congregation, out loud, as a way of showing love for God.

And I love the fact that God emphasizes here – the heart! Ain’t that so cool?? Did you know such a thing was in the Old Testament? This is where we get the idea of the Greatest Commandment, mentioned in the New Testament.

And right after these verses, it continues that we are to teach our children, and our children’s children, to love God too. Very cool indeed!

Heavenly Father thank you that there is such a wonderful history of You loving people, and of teaching us how we are to love You! Help us to be loving and kind to all people, and to love You most of all! We love You Adonai (Lord). Amen.

     

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The Everlasting Arms

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“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath

are the everlasting arms.”

Deuteronomy 33:27a

   

When we say that God is eternal, we are strengthened by the fact He is always there. The One who existed before time began, is our refuge!

And the next part of this verse is even more encouraging. Underneath are His everlasting arms! What a wonderful illustration, of God being our strength. We can trust in Him, and rely on Him, even through circumstances we don’t understand.

Heavenly Father, we trust in You, and thank you that You are there, You are here with us, always and forever! Amen.

    

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The Lord Your God Will Bless You

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“The Lord will send a blessing

on your barns and on everything

you put your hands to.

The Lord your God will bless you

in the land he is giving you.”

Deuteronomy 28: 8

Help us Lord God to follow you closely, and we look forward to the future, that you have in store us.

   

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

Deuteronomy 6:5

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“You shall love the Lord your God

with all your heart and with all your soul

and with all your might.”

 

Lord God this is a hard thing to do.

You know all we go through

and how easy it is to get tangled up

in our circumstances, our emotions.

but help us to remember to love you,

and that you – are our strength.

   

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quote from the NLT  Bible

Deuteronomy 31:6

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“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified

because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you;

he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    

Lord God thank you for verses like this that encourage us,

and that you are near us, and with us,

even through, the tough times.

Amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible