OK, this post may reveal what a long way I’ve got to go spiritually, but here goes…
I received an email from a (protestant) friend who was saying that she prays for her children, and prays that they are “Blessed and Favored”.
I suddenly had an image of all the mothers of the world at the park with their children, and the skies open up and God reaches down and gives special blessings and graces to these children only. Because He “favors” them.
I mean, don’t we all want to be favored by God? Does He favor some over others? (none of us can compare to Mary, so I’m not referring to that - I’m talking about the rest of us).
For some reason the word “Favored” struck me…I guess I’ve seen it used before, but I am wondering what it means exactly. Favored over what or whom? If I ask God to “favor” me or my children, aren’t I also saying “compared to others, or over others”??
I’ve never prayed for myself or anyone else to be “Favored”. Isn’t it enough just to ask to be blessed, and ask that others be blessed as well??
I guess I’m looking at it like, “Move everyone else to the back and Favor me… give me more than you would give anyone else” and that doesn’t seem like a very nice prayer!
Am I missing something?