Appreciate Our Gifts

“When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will realize that I AM.”

John 8:27

There are a saying and an old song that remind us that we often don’t realize what we have until we lose it. Most often, we don’t appreciate the impact of these losses until it is too late. I remember how eagerly I awaited the start of high school, only to find that I missed the comfort of my junior high school friends when I arrived there. I was thrilled to change schools during my teaching career until the first day I walked into the teachers’ lounge and realized that I didn’t know a soul. Though our only dog drove me nuts most of the time, I missed Ernie terribly when he died.

Like the Pharisees who rejected Jesus, my list of lost and unappreciated treasures is far too long. Fortunately for me, one of these precious gifts remains a constant in my life. I was born to parents of faith who relied on God in good times and in bad. My amazing mom and dad shared this great faith with me quite tangibly. As a result, my faith is a constant which remains part and parcel of who I am. I am most grateful that it is faith which opens my eyes the my list of found and appreciated treasures every day.

Generous God, thank you for giving me the sense to recognize your gifts -most of the time.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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