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Counting Our Blessings

Particularly at holiday time, many of us consciously count our blessings. I recently participated in a study group that looked at the question, “What is a blessing?” For me, the all-encompassing blessing is safety and security. You could call it “peace.” That includes being grateful that I have not suffered a disabling injury or illness.
 
The Blessing Of Peace
Perhaps the most familiar biblical reference to blessing is the priestly benediction in Numbers 6:24-26:
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”
Our group looked at a few sources, including Genesis 12:2 where G-d tells Abraham, “You shall be a blessing.” The conclusion we finally reached was that being a blessing is not about asking for stuff; it’s what you do for other people. Being a blessing to others can bring peace to them and to you.
Mediation Brings Peace
Many of us spend our days confronting conflicts and trying to resolve them. Controlling the conflict in our lives is a way to achieve peace for ourselves and others. Some mediation participants will actually say they are buying their peace. Unlike in a court proceeding, the parties are in control in mediation. Mediation can get people to resolution quicker.
I am grateful I can help bring peace to mediation participants. Try thinking about techniques to bring more peace (closure) to what we do. You shall be a blessing.