Good morning to the house of faith that continues to be a blessing to me,
Psalm 103:1-2 (MSG) – Larger reading: Psalm 103:1-22
“O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing!”
Marquis de Lafayette was a French officer who provided invaluable assistance to George Washington and the struggling American army. After the war was over, he returned to France and resumed his life as a farmer of many estates. In 1783, the harvest was a terrible one, and there were many who suffered as a result. Lafayette’s farms were unaffected by the devastating crop failures. One of his workers offered what seemed to be good advice to Lafayette, “The bad harvest has raised the price of wheat. This is the time to sell.” After thinking about the hungry peasants in the surrounding villages, Lafayette disagreed and said, “No, this is the time to give.”
We might always feel it. Too often they go unrecognized. Acknowledgement seldom graces our lips. Our heart might be touched, but we wonder why. Our lives are filled with God’s blessings but we simply continue to journey down our path with little expression of understanding or acceptance.
The truth is this: God blesses us more than we know. At every turn there is a blessing… a truckload of blessings. We, on the other hand, zero in on the negative, the small splinter which might be giving us some pain. The blessings are just received as if they are expected instead of the acts from a loving and gracious God.
Opportunities abound for us to lift our voice is praising God for his rich and abundant blessings. Here is but a gentle reminder that we truly live a blessed life. Never take it for granted. Everyone that God has placed in our lives is there as a blessing from the Almighty.
We have been blessed beyond our wildest dreams even in this day of pandemic and isolation so today and every day thereafter we should stop and count our many blessings. Why not start a “Blessing Journal” in which you begin to take not of the blessings you are receiving. Each day write down at least one blessing and never repeat yourself. You are going to be surprised!
A man once said to his neighbor: “Neighbor, you are so tightfisted God himself couldn’t pry your hand open to put a blessing in it.” – unknown
If we were honest with you and with ourselves, we really do not deserve the many blessings that have been poured out upon us. Thank God for doing it anyway!
And the faith journey continues, Pastor Jim
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