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Eric's Sunday Sermon: Make Room for Blessings

Updated on November 30, 2014

The man was sad that he lived in a desert without snow for the holidays.

So the man thanked God for another sunny day and the flowers and children that bloom.
So the man thanked God for another sunny day and the flowers and children that bloom. | Source

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?

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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

But oh how we give thanks for the one we have.
But oh how we give thanks for the one we have. | Source

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:

Psalm 118

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.

Certainly the earth is enough reason to slow down and give thanks for the bounty we have.
Certainly the earth is enough reason to slow down and give thanks for the bounty we have. | Source

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.

If I was not blessed enough to be able to write this article, I would have nothing to claim.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What happens when you've got too many blessings? How does one make room for them all? I know you understand that question.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Boyo boyo what a great problem I have!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, what a tremendous Sunday Sermon, dear Eric! You are such a wise man, and one who knows how to live each day. Were you at my house too, the day after Thanksgiving putting up Christmas decorations? LOL, and I will mention such to my dear hubby when he does all that you have experienced, and are thankful. I am thankful you were not hurt by your fall and we are all blessed to read this hub here this day!

      This is one insightful hub with a great message to share with all.

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      I hope you experience more this day, to give thanks for even more blessings and each day hereafter!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith I count you among my blessings. We are both so lucky to have so much and to know that they are the blessings from above. If your hubby can't count the blessings do it for him. Although I imagine he knows.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Dear Eric

      You are so right...it is easy to find things to complain and moan and groan about. Our lives are filled with so many wonderful things that make each day special and unique and reasons to be thankful and pause to count those blessings!!!

      Sending you many Angels on this glorious Sunday evening ps

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Wow, how your posts always come to me at the right times. Your beginning story sounds a lot like us when we first got this house from my parents and got in with a shady contractor. I am not so sure what the blessing of that was, but we still have this house and we love it, even if it still needs some more work on it. LOL

      Thanks Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Patricia, it is very good of you to drop in and leave a note, and we have just the right space in our hearts for the angels you send. Blessings to you for the holidays.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady go slow on the house and enjoy it. My mom said she would always work on finishing her house until she died, and she did do it. And even though it was a lot of work we all joined in in helping.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      That is good. We are learning how to fix things ourselves around here. Took a lot of learning from my husband becasue he always lived in apartments, but I always lived in houses. Meeting of the minds has come about with this house. More than that it gave us a look into the very foundation of our mariage as we went along. The first thing that we worked on was the foundation of this house and so we also worked on the foundation of our marriage. It was and is parallel with our lives. It is interesting in that point of view.

      We do not have much left to do and nothing that cannot wait a year or more. We are starting the replacing things that we replaced some 14 years ago. As our good contractor said, "We do not own the house, it owns us." I do beleive that one!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Delightful video choice and priceless photos too.

      Hugs

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful to hear of you adventures Lady, I smell a hub coming up on that one -- which foundation comes first,,, or do they grow together?

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you faith, I always like that music as I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Ives. And here I give thanks for my blooming roses even though we have no snow :-)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A delightful read and an insightful hub!

      The pictures are amazingly beautiful. You are so right that we have so many blessings to thank for. One should know how to appreciate them.

      Thanks for the Sunday Sermon!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderful time of year for me. I enjoy being with good people and family. I like the photos.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ChitrangadaSharon, Thank you for your kind words. Each day I find something new to be grateful for. Mine is for sure a blessed life.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Devika, those photos are all real ;-) That is the home I grew up in.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for this great message Eric. Gratitude can last throughout the year, and you remind us to give thanks for everything, every minute. Really meaningful!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora, "every minute" is just right. I can give thanks for blessings as often as I pray, which these days is constant.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 2 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks! I actually feel you have been sneaking throughout my life specially ..." If we can focus on that and give thanks to God for the original blessing we can get through the hardest of losses." This was a truly blessing read. I have tears in my eyes and my chest hurts...because God blessed me this morning reading your words.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lastheart I am sending prayers your way. Thank you for relating what you have it makes writing all worthwhile.

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      Ronald E. Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Good teaching, Eric. Every day we're faced with the choice of being miserable or thankful. The events that happen in life allow either one - it's our choice.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      HI Ron thank you for stopping by during this busy season. I chose to be thankful and what a difference that is from when I used to choose to be miserable.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Every time I feel glum about not having more hub pages followers I will stop and count my blessings that I have a handful of good, supportive friends here like you. Beautiful, inspiring words to live by on a rainy day!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My carrier today was drenched and sadly did not have time to warm up with a cup o joe. But my mail surely did arrive on schedule and I am grateful for that. Carry on friend.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I have so much in my life to be thankful for, and I do give thanks each and every day for my many blessing.

      You wrote a beautiful Hub here with a wonderful message for everyone.

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      Wow.. What a wonderful read I had. The pictures are so beautiful and the video too is awesome. Voted up.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Susan, Thanks for that yummy banana pudding recipe. And thank you for such a gracious comment.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful lesson to remember in today's world. Great thoughts as always Eric. Wishing you a wonderful New Year.Lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Eddy, I will be over to see you in just a bit. I look forward to a great start for the day, courtesy of Eiddwen.

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