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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

11- Blessing Are Unseen Image: Wheat ears صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: عيدان قمح، حنطة، سنابل القمح Image: Wheat ears.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: عيدان قمح، حنطة، سنابل القمح.

5- Blessing Are Unseen

A blessing can be directly from God, from parents, from the church through the priest and all these are unseen matters.

God said to Abram father of fathersI will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you … And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed“ (Gen. 12:2,3). Abram saw the fruits of this unseen blessings in his life. Isaac blessed his son Jacob and he became blessed. Esau lamented because he lost this blessing (Gen.27). Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh by saying “The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads” (Gen. 48:16). Ephraim became exceedingly blessed, more than his brother when Jacob placed his right hand on Ephraim's head (Gen. 48:17-20).

What is this blessing? How was it passed from the hands of Isaac and Jacob? How was it given through the apostles, and from the hands of the men of faith?

All these unseen matters we believe in and in its blessings although we do not see them, as we have discussed this issue before here on in other sections. We ask for the blessings of our mothers, fathers, from priests and men of God. Abram was a blessing to the world according to the Lord’s promise to him. Joseph was also a blessing in the house of his master and to all Egypt, as was the blessings of Elijah.

Through all the above examples, we would still be unable to give a precise meaning to the word blessings, for it has wider meaning than our limited vocabulary can describe. An unseen matter, which we can only see its fruits. However, a blessing itself, who can see it and define it?

How was Jesus Christ able to bless through His hands the five loaves of bread and the two fish? This food given out was enough to feed thousands of people, and despite this, twelve full baskets were left over? How did this happen? What was the cause and its effect?. All these things are unseen matters.

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