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Blessing

A blessing (also used to refer to bestowing of such) is the infusion of something with holiness, spiritual redemption, or divine will.

Etymology and Germanic paganism
The modern English language term bless likely derives from the 1225 term blessen, which developed from the Old English blǣdsian (preserved in the Northumbrian dialect around 950 AD). The term also appears in other forms, such as blēdsian (before 830), blētsian from around 725 and blesian from around 1000, all meaning to make sacred or holy by a sacrificial custom in the Anglo-Saxon pagan period, originating in Germanic paganism; to mark with blood. Due to this, the term is related to the term blōd, meaning blood. References to this indigenous practice, Blót, exist in related Icelandic sources.

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Blessings by Akiane Kramarik

Blessings by Akiane Kramarik "This painting is about gratitude in giving and receiving blessings. "Giant petals represent the events and years from the pages of our life book. Dew drops represent live blessings. A young child represents life itself, and the light represents the Creator of life. "Some petals seem to receive fewer blessings than others, but only the whole blossom reveals the meaning of life. "When we feel sad, all we need to do is to count our blessings, no matter how few we notice, so we can feel grateful for what we have been given. "Sadness soon disappears and, in return, we get inspired to bless others."

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