Last night, my dear friend uses the verb flourish, and I just can't get the word out of my mind. It shimmers. It resonates with my heart. Etymologically, the word means to "flower" and also to "brandish" (like a weapon). When something flourishes, it blossoms, thrives, and prospers. But to flourish also suggests a strength, a fighting stance, and a powerful position.
All morning, I consider this word. Then, I turn to the Psalms, and of course (isn't it always this way?) I spy a verse of scripture that uses this wonderful word. I read this:
May the LORD cause you to flourish,
both you and your children.
May you be blessed by the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Yes. I want to flourish--both me and my children, both you and your children, all of us--today. I entrust myself again to the One who blesses and the One who causes us to flourish.
May you truly flourish today in all of your endeavors!