by Faith Reboot’s Marietta Taylor
Some years ago I received a scrapbook that changed my life. It continues to do so today. At first glance it looks unremarkable. There certainly isn’t anything about it that screams “Life Changer”. But if you judge it by it’s simple cover, you’ll be fooled. That scrapbook has tremendous power. And the beautiful thing is, you can share in it.
It was given to me by a small group leader several years ago. It was about time to wrap it up for Christmas break. So during one meeting she had asked each of us to write something positive about each member of the group. It was easy to do because we had grown so close. We loved each other like sisters, probably better than sisters. So we sat and wrote our beautiful words of love and encouragement on half sheets of paper. We turned them in, figuring we’d probably read them after the last meeting. And we would, just not the way we thought.
Blessing Upon Blessing
One of our beautiful sisters in the group took those sheets of paper and transformed then into works of art – and change. Instead of flipping through slips of paper, at the next meeting we received those words of love, encouragement, and blessings in beautifully crafted scrapbooks. As you flipped through, flawless calligraphic words that would shore us up on days when we felt less than enough greeted you. Some pages also included a scripture. My mind kept repeating the phrase, “blessing upon blessing”.
The day we received these power-packed surprises had been a rough one for me. I had been looking d forward to small group time so I could sit down with my sisters in the faith and just breathe. I honestly can’t remember if I breathed or not because after we received our gifts, I was too busy crying.
I would never claim the words on those pages. In fact, as I read them I actually kid of laughed a little, like Sarah did in the Bible when God said she would have a child in her very, very old age. You know the one that says “you’ve got to be kidding me”. But no matter. Another sweet friend had claimed them as a blessing for me. Each page was a new and different blessing.
Blessings can change how you look at yourself and others. They give life. If you want to be a friend to someone, give them a blessing. It doesn’t have to be written in a book like mine was, though if you want to do that, I assure you, it will be forever appreciated. It can be as simple as speaking scripture over them. Nothing blesses better than God’s own words. Or you can tell them about the wonderful things you see in them. It doesn’t take much but what it gives is immeasurable.