I’m in Switzerland as I write this, so our Thanksgiving dinner is finished, leftovers are in the fridge (or on the balcony) and the dishwasher is purring. (It has been twenty-two years since we returned from Honduras and a very rustic lifestyle, and I still love the sound of that machine working instead of me.) I’m happily tired after cooking and baking with my daughter and gathering with friends and family. But no meal, no matter how fresh the turkey or how lovingly prepared, can meet our deepest needs. Don’t we yearn for more than food and drink? How about a “shot in the arm” of our spirit? I don’t know a better source than Barak (the Hebrew word for blessing).
Here are some B vitamins from the Book of Life.
Vitamin B1: You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. Matt 5:3 MSG
Vitamin B2: You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. Matt 5:4 MSG
Vitamin B3: You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. Matt 5:5 MSG
Vitamin B4: You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. Matt 5:6 MSG
Vitamin B5: You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for. Matt 5:7 MSG Vitamin B6: You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. Matt 5:3-8 MSG
Vitamin B7: You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. Psalm 119:1-2 MSG
Vitamin B8: Don’t put your life in the hands of experts who know nothing of life, of salvation life. Mere humans don’t have what it takes; when they die, their projects die with them. Instead, get help from the God of Jacob, put your hope in God and know real blessing! Ps 146:3-5 MSG
Vitamin B9: God-of-the-Angel-Armies! King! God! . . .And how blessed all those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel . . . They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain! God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn—Zion! God in full view! Psalm 84:3,5-7 MSG
Vitamin B10: But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Jeremiah 17:7 MSG
Vitamin B11: God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. II Corinthians 9:8
Vitamin B12: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. NNumbers 6:24-26 ESV