This song is part of a new mini-album of five songs (album title: Showers of Blessing) that we’ll be releasing on our YouTube channel between now and the end of the year. The album will be available on other platforms (Apple Music, Spotify, etc.) on December 31st! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss the next song when it comes out next week!

We feel so blessed to have been able to record this song as a family—two parents and three kids. As we’ve been working on the recording and video, the words of the song have both convicted us of our shortcomings and encouraged us to bring these simple practices—like “Forgive” or “Consider one another”—into our family life.

No one has a perfect family. In many of our families—perhaps openly, perhaps privately—there are things that bother us, tensions, or broken relationships. This song is not about changing the past or changing other people; it is a prayer for each of us to be a channel of blessing to our family.

When God saves people, He works by households, or families (Exodus 12:3). In the book of Acts, whole families believed and were baptized together (16:15, 31; 18:8). Even if not every member of a family believes, just one believing family member can bring blessing to all the others (1 Corinthians 7:14, 16).

God wants to bless our families (Malachi 3:10), but whether the blessing reaches them depends on whether there is a channel for the blessing to flow. A channel is simply a way for something to pass from one place to another. We may be the riverbed, the channel, that allows blessing to flow—or we may be a dam, holding back the flow of blessing.

We can’t control what others do or say. But we can choose to be the way for the Lord to come in and be grace, life, light, peace, comfort—and more—to our fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers. Whatever condition our family is in, we can pray, “Lord, make me a channel of blessing to my family.” May the Lord bless all our families!

Some other verses to consider:

In Colossians 3, the apostle Paul says to

  • put away “wrath, anger, malice, blasphemy, foul abusive language out of your mouth,”
  • treat one another with “compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, long-suffering; bearing one another and forgiving one another,”
  • “let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts,” and
  • “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”

After saying these things, Paul doesn’t go on to talk about relationships in our church life—he talks about our family life:

  • “Wives, be subject to your husbands,”
  • “Husbands, love your wives,”
  • “Children, obey your parents,” and
  • “Fathers, do not vex your children.”