Clergy Corner – September 14, 2020

Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Count your blessings, see what God had done.
Count your blessing, name them one by one.
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.

I remember this song from my childhood. It has a catchy little tune. But, I’m not sure that, as a child, I ever internalized the depth of the words’ meaning. I am not sure that to this day I fully appreciate the many blessings that I have. To the optimist, the simple things in life are constantly before them – spontaneous laughter, enjoying the sunshine, enjoying the rain, listening to the birds sing, the beauty of the forest, of the mountains, of the ocean, and on and on. People who count their blessings are extremely happy. Even in their darkest moments that maintain a spirit of hope and optimism because they have a confidence in them that says, “this will work itself out; it will be OK.” The more we count our blessings (not numerically, but reflectively) the more it will seem as if God pours them out upon our lives. Our hearts should overflow with gratitude for God’s amazing love. When life becomes a burden and it seems ominously dark around you, recalling your blessings is a sure way to keep a healthy perspective.

Prayer for the Week:
Gracious Heavenly Father,
how will I ever be able to express my gratitude
in words? You bless me with so many things that
were I to start listing them one by one, I would
need eternity to thank you. Eternity with you is my hope!
My humble thanks, Lord God. Amen.