I love getting to the ends of the various epistles of
the New Testament because the benedictions that are
given are so apt for nightly blessings for my own
Hebrews has a beautiful benediction (nightly blessing).
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus
from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through
the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete
in every good work to do His will, working in you what
is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to
whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
I don't say the whole of the two verses when I glide
through the rooms at night. I pick out the kernel and
whisper those words.
I got a funny feeling though when today, as I continued
in James, I read these words.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various
trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces
patience. But let patience have its perfect work,
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
I don't want my children to endure trials. But then again,
if it causes them to become "complete in every good work
to do His will," maybe I do.