What is a benediction? How do we give one?
The word benediction derives from two Latin words that mean, “to speak well of,” and people in every culture and generation look earnestly and intently for a final word of divine kindness from God through His ordained agents of blessings.
We long for our parent’s blessing before each of them dies. The last thing said in the Bible is a benediction. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all. Amen” (Revelation 22: 21). It is only fitting that our last words to others in life should be a benediction.
Before you leave off just now, dear reader, please receive this one for you:
May you be lost in wonder, love, and praise, so that through every
period of your life His goodness you pursue, Until our Lord comes
again. And now to God’s elect, Whom He has upheld since they were
conceived, Carried since they were born, Hear His good promise;
“I am He; I will sustain you, I will carry you, I will rescue even to your
This is an excerpt taken from Robert Davis Smart’s Legacy from Christ: What’s My Message? (Kindle Locations 461, 560-564). WestBow Press. Kindle Edition.