Friday, July 28, 2017

The Lord Bless You and Keep You


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.

Numbers 6:24-26  
The Blessing of Aaron



The Baptism of Rus, celebrated on July 28, is a day of remembrance of the Russian Prince Vladimir's embrace of Christianity in 988. I've read several versions of the story, one describing how he chose Christianity from a list of religions because he was moved by the description of Christian worship, another that he was struck blind but then healed and claimed to have seen the true God, and one focusing on how his life changed dramatically afterward. He was like a new man. 

There was a time when Russia, then the Soviet Union, seemed hopeless to me. I pictured wandering people, always looking, looking in the darkness for any kind of light, but unable to see. That description may make you laugh if you have been there or if you are not like me. But now it's not like it was. It feels different. How can I feel it? I can't explain that, except to say that when I pray for Russia I feel like someone there is praying for us. It is a good feeling. 

I am going to put this picture here too. Why? Because I pray the above verse, the Lord bless you and keep you, for Russia and for Vladimir Putin. People have a lot of things to say about him. But prayer is something apart from all of that. It has no borders and no concerns other than the Lord bless you and keep you. Putin has talked about his beliefs some, but I wish he would say more. Happy Baptism of Rus to everyone!



46 comments:

  1. The Lord bless and keep you and EVERYONE, Sandie. I think we all need to pray for each other and our countries more. xo Diana

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  2. May the Lord bless and watch over you, dear. Have a beautiful day!

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  3. True we should pray for our enemies. But it is important to remember that Putin rules with an iron fist and we are lucky to not have to endure it. His enemies really do meet a disastrous end.

    It's important to recognize he is a dangerous man and he is not particularly concerned about yours or my welfare. He is concerned with weakening the West so he can do as he pleases.

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    1. Ann, are you sure all that's true? I am not sure.

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    2. I am sure of these facts Sandi.

      I am unsure that you understand this post is an act of subversion. This may be an attempt to defend Trump's Russian ties which may or may not exist. Try to get a security clearance after posting several posts like this.

      A better relationship with Russia is good. But, they have their objectives too. A weakened United States enables Putin to act throughout the world as he pleases.

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    3. Hilarious!

      Subversion?

      1. We are not at war with Russia.

      2. Prayer is subversion?

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  4. Profound: "prayer has no borders." Love this post.

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  5. We should pray for all people, Jesus said: love your neighbour as yourself.

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  6. Sandi, that is nice that you pray for other countries as well as your own.

    ~Sheri

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  7. Hello, Sandi! It feels good to pray for all people. I am weary of Putin, so many stories coming from Russia. Thanks to Senator Mccain for standing up for the people!

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  8. He and along with so many world leaders need prayer. Things are getting out of control all over.

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  9. Sandi: I thank you for the reminder. And the witness you give here in this post.

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  10. A thought provoking post. Mr Putin is and interesting character and he is as loved by God as any of us, so of course we must pray for him.

    Diana

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  11. Shalom Sandi, such an interesting post! It came as a surprise.
    While you're at it, please "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" here in the Holy Land.

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    1. Dina, always...shalom, shalom, Jerusalem...

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  12. Profound: "prayer has no borders." Love this post.

    Yes, I do think the same.

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  13. So true that prayer is above all the judgements. We are asked by Jesus to pray for our leaders. I'd like to learn more about Russia, and maybe even visit that side of the world one day. May the Lord bless our lands, leaders, and keep them, leading them always to His pasture.

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    1. Me, too, Lynn. I would love to go there, especially to St. Petersburg to see the Hermitage.

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  14. Thankful that prayer has no borders! Our commonwealth has its existence in the heavens.

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  15. A beautiful priestly blessing of Aaron in Numbers! Love the verse and it is a wonderful prayer.

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  16. I haven't heard anything about Putin's beliefs. Thank you.
    And how I wish we would see the world as a community. No us and them. but only us.

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  17. I was not aware of this aspect of Russian religious history. Enlightening post.

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  18. Thank you for your thoughtful and prayerful post Sandi. Yes, we should pray for world leaders everywhere, regardless of whether or not we agree with their philosophies or tactics, they still need prayer. Prayer changes things! Jesus Christ changes people...just as you shared in the story of the"Baptism of Rus" Read about Nebuchanezzar in the book of Daniel and how he changed and worshiped the true and living God after witnessing God's power to rescue the men from the fiery furnace, and Daniel from the Lion's Den, etc. God is still on His throne, and so we should always pray for the world leaders while there is yet time. Thank you for your courage!!

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  19. Lovely post my friend!

    i am moved by this warm story of prince who choose a certain way to meet his Lord!

    ui agree like us leaders too need prayers and sometime more than a common man

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  20. Sandi,
    Thank you very much for your visit and comment.
    Blessed week :)

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  21. Hi Sandi, I love your posts that cause me to stop and think things over. Leviticus 19:18 "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Now Russia may not be our immediate neighbor but Russians are our neighbors in the global community. Well, nobody said it was going to be easy to love a neighbor! But we better, and what better way than to start with prayer? Thank you for this post! Now, on another matter ... I loved your comment on my blog today. Perhaps my "Closing Thought" explains why I don't have too many friends. Ha ha. Thank you, as always, for sharing and for your comment on my blog!

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  22. Dear Sandi, thank you for this interesting and lovely post. You have aroused my curiosity, so now I have to read more about Prince Vladimir. :-)
    Have a delightful week! :-)

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  23. Sandi, I pray for all our world leaders...not because I love all of them,but because I love Christ. We are suppose to pray for our enemies. I always pray they will do the right thing for mankind. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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  24. Sandi - this is a wonderful post...sometimes when we do not agree with certain aspects of our leaders we need to remember they are not in that position by chance but by God's divine choice. I am going to search out more about Vladimir Putin. So glad you shared. God Bless.

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    1. Debbie, look up the story of his baptism.

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  25. We should prayer for all kinds of people..
    thanks Sandi for the post..
    Have a nice day..

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  26. Blessings. Thank you for sharing...........

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  27. You're right. Prayer should know no borders. Although I've never mentioned Putin by name in my prayers, I've always prayed for our world leaders to have the wisdom and empathy required to serve the needs of our world.

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  28. Many thanks and nice of you to share. Greetings!

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  29. Interesting, thank you for sharing!

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  30. I think that is an excellent reminder - to pray for the leaders in the world.

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  31. A very well written post. I'm not laughing at how you worded the darkness. It rings true.
    Blessings,
    d

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