Blessing is a form of prayer that underscores how our prayer is a personal encounter, a dialogue, with God.
Recognizing that all of our gifts are blessings from God, we respond in kind by “blessing” God: “because God blesses, the human heart can in return bless the One Who is the source of every blessing.” A twofold movement occurs: our prayer of blessing rises to God, and His blessing descends upon us, in a continuous cycle of grace.
Closely linked to the concept of blessing is “adoration,” whereby we realize our status as creatures, utterly dependent upon God for our very existence.
Adoration necessarily involves a healthy sense of humility. By seeing ourselves as we truly are, and admitting our human limitations and frailties, we are better able to feel our need for God.
Children are especially open to this spiritual insight, and we can learn from their readiness to glimpse God’s presence. Asking our children how God has blessed them each day may be a helpful prelude to family prayer time.