There was a popular book when I was in High School called The Blessing by Gary Trent and John Smalley.
Children of every age long for the gift of “the blessing” — the unconditional love and approval that comes from a healthy relationship with their parents. This life-changing gift, essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being, contains five essential elements: meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future, and an active commitment.
As a woman now in my early 50’s, I have come to understand that The Blessing is given in various ways, considering both the giver and the receiver. I believe The Blessing can come as a one-time event but also can come over time.
And so today, I wanted to share with you an unexpected delivery of a blessing years ago. Len did not know these words would be a form of blessing in 2021. When Len said this, he did not know his life would tragically end on December 23, 2012. And yet, there is something in this that communicates his blessing to Noah and Lauren many years later. I am delighted, dear Lauren, that Len and Noah picked you! Our lives are better with you in them!