Tucked away in the book of Numbers, amid instructions on wave offerings and haircutting, set in the ring of God’s call to his people to be set apart for him, we find a sparkling diamond: God’s gift of shining blessing, given to a weary people wandering in the wilderness.
God blesses those who don’t deserve it, through those who don’t deserve it; again and again he chooses to bless. He is preparing his people for life in the Promised Land. And he is blessing them – us – to be a blessing to all people.
What people are saying
“It is impossible to encounter Kate Patterson for long without being profoundly aware of the love of Jesus. I am delighted that in this book she invites us to join with her in understanding better the amazing blessing of a relationship with God.”Nicky GumbelVicar, Holy Trinity Brompton and Founder of Alpha
“There can be few more delightful or richer subjects than God’s blessing and this book gives it the attention it deserves. Sensible and sensitive, fresh and refreshing, thoughtful and thought-provoking; this is not just a book on blessing but of blessing.”Revd Canon J. John
“This is a book about the heart. From the heart both good and bad can flow. The wonderful thing about God is that he always keeps his promises no matter what! Those promises sustain us in the light and the dark times. Persecuted Christians know this. Now it’s our turn. This exquisitely written book is full of true truth. It’s a divine satnav pointing to a God who will never leave or forsake us. Compulsory reading for those who want to be blessed to be a blessing.”Eddie LyleCEO, Open Doors
“We often mean well with our jaunty “bless you” but our words can sadly be empty, carrying little weight. How refreshing to find a book that delves into Aaron’s wonderful blessing and opens it up, communicating God’s lavish favour and intention to be powerfully on our side.”Terry VirgoFounder of New Frontiers
“In this wise and honest book, Kate Patterson unfolds the truth and beauty of what it means to live under God’s blessing in our everyday, chequered lives. Kate has enormous insight into the riches of the Aaronic blessing, and writes with humility, candour, and compassion. This important book will encourage and refresh those who seek to know more of abundant God’s love for them.”Dr Lucy PeppiattPrincipal, Westminster Theological Centre
“It can be difficult for us to reconcile God’s incredible promise of blessing with suffering. This book is beautifully written and addresses this concern with great sensitivity, compassion and insight.”Kate WebbConsultant Psychiatrist
“I found this book so deep, so thoughtful and so helpful! The Numbers 6 Aaronic blessing has always meant a lot to me and this book so helped me to understand and appreciate it more deeply. I so enjoyed the thoughtful exposition and the wonderful richness of the complementary scriptures. A very valuable book I will want to keep by me for ever.”Jenn Rees LarcombeAuthor
A note from Muddy Pearl
I first opened this lovely manuscript the morning after a terrible journey – the last train home from London had finally limped into Edinburgh at 4.45am and I into bed at 5.30am : I needed an easy day at work. But weary as I was, when I started to read, this book kindled a familiar feeling of excitement, of perhaps finding something very special, something that the Lord has given to someone to share with his people.
At the time I didn’t know that I was about to start on another journey, one of some personal difficulty and stress : this little book – and all I learned about the promise of the Lord’s blessing through it – would sustain me over the months ahead in hope and promise as I worked on it.
This is one of the most genuinely encouraging, uplifting books that I have had the privilege of working on in a long time, and we are delighted to recommend it to you. It will bless you.