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Eric's Sunday Sermon: Make Room for Blessings
The man was sad that he lived in a desert without snow for the holidays.
Christmas time in the real world.
There was a man who was putting up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving. And what do you think happened? He complained. Wow! But something happened that changed that complaint into a reality of counting blessings. He cut his finger on the box holding the outside lights. So he thanked God for the box and the lights. The Christmas tree fell over in the living room and made a mess of things. So he thanked God for the tree and the living room. His young son got in the way and broke and ornament. So he thanked God for the ornament and the son. He fell off the ladder (nothing broken but pride) putting up the lights on the eve of the roof. So he thanked God for the ladder and the roof over his families head. A string of lights did not work and took forever to fix. So he thanked God for the "forever" time to fix them. His elder son was too busy to help. So he thanked God that he had the son and that he was busy.
Counting blessings -- Kiss her once for me!
How about you?
Can you see the blessings through the fog?
How easy it is to be glum.
Too many presents to buy. Count your blessing for that many friends and family. Too long of lines in the stores. Count your blessing the lines are for gifts and not for the simple food to survive. The prices are just too high this year. Count your blessings that you have the choice to just say no! There is just too much work to be done at your job. Count your blessings that you have a job. So many different treats to cook up -- and you know the blessings here. Too many people to get organized to get them one place on Christmas -- and you know the blessings there. How sad that ------ will not be here for the holidays. Count your blessings that they are still around at all. Not enough money to do all you want. Count your blessings that you have what you need.
Just perhaps if we slow down just a bit during this hectic time of the year it is really easy to see the blessings all around us. Here in the writing community I pause and give thanks for all the great pieces of literature that I get to read which bring home the true meaning of the season.
Oh how we long for the traditional Holidays
How about every day of the year.
A man got some new shoes and they hurt as he broke them in. And of course he complained over such pain and agony. That is until he saw the man with no shoes. I a state of grace he gave that man his shoes and set to buy a new pair. He complained of walking barefoot until he saw the beggar with no feet, so he gave that man the money he saved for another pair of new shoes. He walked home barefoot with cold feet. Then he put on his old comfortable shoes and shined them up as good as new, and he thanked God for all he had in abundance.
Are we ready to count our blessings and give away that which is excess? Are we ready to give thanks for the blessings we have and overlook what we consider travesty and injustice towards ourselves? Are we able to look upon any situation and see the bright side or give thanks for our own peace?
We give some thanks to "openbible" for making this available:
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.
We picked the above Psalm because it highlights that blessings come out of our distress and that we should not worry if we cannot see the blessings but they are there nonetheless.
A special thanks for the blessings of nature.
Here are some hard ones.
These are not meant minimize the sadness and grief in life. It is not meant to trivialize heartbreak and misery. And they are not suggested as easy to do. Clearly we will all fall short more often than we are able to "meet the mark".
Being unemployed is just a heart breaker and can cause devastating financial hardship. However it gives one the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. It gives time. Time that can be used to get back on a healthy home track.
Being ill is always a big drag. It can range from a cold to terminal cancer. If we were not once healthy we would not know the difference. If we have illness that means we have life and that is worthy of thanks in and of itself. I remember having a bad case of stage four cancer. My mantra during the seeming thousands of times vomiting was always "thank you Lord Jesus" for each day I was just blessed above comprehension to be alive. I could not have been sick if I were dead.
Loss of a loved one. There is just no easy way to handle the loss of a loved one. It results in pitiful demoralization. However we must never forget that we would not suffer such a loss if we did not have the presence and gift of another in the first place. Loss at one time is always the result of having at some time. If we can focus on that and give thanks to God for the original blessing we can get through the hardest of losses.
So I hope.
That when you are stuck in traffic running late for your job and panicking about how you will squeeze in time before fixing dinner to stop and pick up your dry cleaning that you will:
Give thanks for the blessings of; your car, your job, someone to cook for, clothes to wear.
And here is the biggest blessing of all. This one takes a little thought. Having the thoughts and power and learning and gratefulness to give thanks for blessings is a blessing in and of itself.
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