This endeavor is my gift to myself for which I am grateful. It is my gift to you, to whom I am grateful. How blessed I am to have people in my life who inspire me to reach in and reach out.
As a child there was no more magical moment than when my father lifted his arms cloaked with black flowing robe, and bestowed upon the congregation the ancient priestly benediction. It was even more magical when it was conferred upon a solitary person at a life cycle event—and no more so than when that person was me.
I close this book of blessings with that sacred three-fold blessing.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
May the Lord lift His face unto you and grant you peace.