The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Kids, Culture and Blessing

June 18, 2017 – Jenn Ohlhauser

All of life’s ‘ordinary’ experiences can be pathways to God. The patriarch Jacob, whose story we will be following this summer, comes to this realization in the middle of the book of Genesis. Awaking from a holy dream, he remarks: “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” (Genesis 28:16) This is my prayer for us this summer, that, like Jacob, we might wake up to our lives as having the possibility for encountering God in the midst of birth, eating, family, sleep, courting, marriage, work, conversion, sex, home, calling, dressing, finishing, and death. This week, we look at the phenomenal impact of the blessing that Isaac gave Jacob and consider how we do and don’t bless in our culture, how church influences our families and just what a blessing can do.

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