Before his death, Israel blessed each of his sons, as recorded in Genesis 49:28. “All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He blessed them, every one with the blessing appropriate to him.”
It was a formal “passing of the torch” from one generation to the next.
Our children need some form of blessing as they leave home—something that assures them that they have completed their childhood training, and are ready to be in charge of their own lives. Graduation ceremonies can serve that purpose. Wedding ceremonies have a more formal recognition of becoming separate from the parents, and joined to the spouse.
There are two measures that I use to tell if a person has received the blessing:
1) Is the person a fully functioning adult?
2) Can the person interact with his parents adult to adult?
Did you receive any formal “blessing” when you left home?
Millie McNabb, B.A., B.Mus.
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