It is time for another S.O.A.P. devotional. S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. If you want an explanation for these sections, please read my first SOAP post.
"The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!
ObservationThis is a blessing God gave to the priests of the Israelites to say to the people. He was restoring their faith by giving them hope for happiness and prosperity in their lives, if lead through the Lord. I have heard this passage said many times, and it reminds me of an old Irish blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.