The Hebrew word, Berakah, has three distinct meanings which are often interchangeable when used. It means either to praise, to thank, or to bless. Praise is an acknowledgement of who God is, His perfections, works, benefits, and excellences. When we praise, we are focusing on who God is. We praise Him for His excellence and give Him admiration for His attributes (Psalm 103:1-5). Thanksgiving is our response to God’s goodness in our lives by acknowledging what He has done. Thanksgiving reminds you of what He has done and when we thank God, He opens the gates (Psalm 100:4). God’s gate is your first contact, as the Psalmist says in Psalm 100:4, and it will not open up to you except with thanksgiving.
The word blessing comes from the Latin root word, “Benedicere,” which literally means to speak (dicere) well of (Bene) another person. But this means more than just a compliment or a kind-hearted word. It points back to the source, to the ultimate goodness of the One who made us and keeps us all in existence, re-creating us moment to moment, keeping us in mind and heart. In our tradition, that takes us back to Genesis, to the store of our beginnings and the meaning summarized in God’s words repeated at the end of each day’s work: “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). It is also expressed in the favor of God that Mary knew in the announcement of Gabriel and that Jesus heard from the mouth of God: “You are my beloved, on you my favor rests.” This is a blessing, a speaking well of, a delight in, a pronouncement of goodness. In line with the concept of Berakah, we can say that to bless, in this context, refers to God pronouncing His divine favor unto us humans, which He did at the beginning of creation when He created us male and female (Gen. 1:27-28). Paul summarizes this blessing beautifully in Romans 8:38-38, when he reminds us of God’s unstoppable, unshakeable love for us in Christ. Nothing – however dark or hard – can
The Berakah Spirituality calls us to experience, as Jesus did, a relationship with God that is worth trusting with one’s life. And after having received this graciousness from God, we are now capable of being just as gracious, appreciative and joyful to others. This is how the Berakah community is born.
Summarily Berakah is a
Spirituality based on gratitude, thanksgiving, blessing, appreciation and joyful praise
A way of thinking
A way of Worship
A Way of Experiencing God
A way of relating to one another
A Way of Praying