Blessings and Jokes
Two of my favorite things to do are give blessings and tell jokes. Almost every Sunday for 42 years pastoring Lutheran Congregations in California and Arizona I gave the Aaronic Blessing at the close of worship. “The Lord bless you and keep you (safe) The Lord make his face to shine (smile) on you, and be gracious (give favor) to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you (look straight at you) , and give you peace .” Numbers 6:24-26. This is the blessing Moses instructed his brother, Aaron to place on the people of Israel. I heard Dallas Willard defines blessing as “the projection of good into the life of another. It isn’t just words. It’s the actual putting forth of your will for the good of another person. It always involves God, because when you will the good of another person, you realize only God is capable of bringing that. So we naturally say, “God bless you.”
Blessing is a way of imparting something to the one we bless. Paul writes, “I am longing to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” Romans 1:11-12. My mother, Gladys Gundersen, Johnson, died in 2003 at the age of 101. Mom was continually expecting prayers to be answered . She prayed over me that I would receive an impartation of her Spirit anointing in prayer. I am looking forward to 30 mores years of living in that impartation.
Here are some blessings I posted on Face book
Father’s Day 2013, I bless each one of you FB friends with father’s love and our dear Father’s love. I bless you with the kind of embrace from our dear Father in the heavens that the running father gives his dearly loved son in Jesus’ parable. He throws his arms around his son and keeps on kissing him with lots of joy and delight. I bless you with the words Jesus received from his Dad, “I love you, my dearly loved one!” Papa Joe
FB friends, chosen, holy and dearly loved. I bless you in 2014 with the best, the very best year of your life. I bless you with a Holy Spirit empowered experience of being chosen by God who has always wanted you to know Jesus’ love, love that is stronger than fear, death, suffering. I bless you with truth you are “holy” set apart, consecrated, dedicated for kingdom life. I bless you with an experience of being dearly loved by Father who is always near. In the name, the name above all names, name which saves of Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Amen—woohoo!
I bless you with laughter and joy with some Ole and Lena jokes
Ole was worried when his wife became seriously ill. He phoned 911 to ask for help. The 911 person asked Ole to give his address. He said I live on Eucalyptus street. The 911 person asked, “Could you spell that?” There was a long pause and finally Ole responded, “What if I drag her down to Oak street and you pick her up there.”
Ole and Lena were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Ole had some hearing loss. Lena says to Ole, “Ole I am so proud of you!” Ole responds “What did you say?” She tells him again, “Ole I am so proud of you.” Again Ole responds, “What did you say?” Lena did not give up she tells him one more time, “Ole I am so proud of you.” Ole responds, “Ya, I am a little tired of you too Lena.”
Ole and Lena are a happily married couple. Around midnight, Sven, the town Sheriff, receives a phone call telling Sven that he has to go into town because his friend Ole is in the town square stark naked. Sven is not happy about this but said he would go find out why his friend Ole is in town stark naked. Sure enough he finds Ole just as reported. He asks Ole, “What are you doing in the middle of town stark naked?” Ole says, “Yah, Lena and I enjoyed a little too much Aquavit (whiskey) and she says to me, “Ole, let’s take off our clothes and go to town”–Ole says to Seven, “And I am the first one here.”