YOUR CHILD AND THE BLESSING
Interpreting it for your child
Although there are five elements to this blessing, each child is unique and will interpret those five elements differently. Age is also an important factor in how a child receives a blessing. As your child grows, he or she may require a different type of affirmation. Part of showing children your approval and their value is figuring out how to affirm them in a way they can understand.
Parents can sing a blessing to young children, even if their children don't understand all that's being said. Something like: "Good morning, good morning, how are you today? The Lord bless you and keep you throughout the day." The song is simple, but it can help your children start each day with words that spoke of your love and God's love for them. Young children are affirmed and their hearts remain open to God when they hear words about their parents' and God's love for them daily.
Affirming school-age children
A great time to do this is during the time it takes to drive them to school. Before they get out the car, take their hands and pray over them and their day. You might want to pray for a child's friendship with someone or about a test that day. This individualised, quick prayer includes meaningful touch and links them with God's special future for them that day. Before they leave the car, they know your love goes with them.
Using words well with teens
For older children, the blessing can become even more powerful, particularly when you use all five elements as a reaction to a teen's struggles or challenges. When speaking to your child, just by placing your hand on theirs, (meaningful touch) you say, "I love you. I believe in you." No matter the circumstance even if you need to say something they might not want to hear , speak gently, speak with kindness and use words of love and acceptance. Place value on your child, as well as the other stuff see the potential in them, and speak into their value as well. Use those points of value to always point them toward a future where God might someday use that in them. Commit to always helping your children with their struggles whatever it may be.
The blessing as described in Scripture always included the following five elements: