B… Blessed Are We!

May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.

Psalm 72:17

B is for Blessed. As soon as I acknowledged that “B” is the letter for today, I typed “blessed”. You are blessed and so am I. We wouldn’t walk this earth if we weren’t intentionally breathed into existence by our creatively loving God. I use the adverb “creatively” intentionally. You see, God’s blessings often befuddle me. Most of the time, I don’t recognize them until long after a given person or circumstance has moved on. A lifetime of chance meetings, one-liners which lodge in my memory, unexpected friendships, unexplained opportunities and seeming setbacks prove this over and over again. Though I don’t realize it much of the time, I am indeed blessed.

As I consider and offer thanks for the blessings in my life, I must acknowledge that these blessings include everyone around me. This is the challenging part because “everyone” includes those who occasionally give me a headache, a heartache, a soul-ache or worse. How can I look upon these people as blessings? God knows and I must know, too. So it is that I must gently remove the wrapping which conceals the blessedness hidden within myself and within those whom I pass along the way. Only then will I discover the fullness of God’s precious gifts.

Creatively Loving God, help us all to see our own blessings and those of others with your perceptive eyes. Give us grateful hearts that we may appreciate both fully.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

One thought on “B… Blessed Are We!

  1. Good Morning Mary!

    As I am sitting in St. Peter’s downtown, your post has inspired me in more ways than one.

    But, most intricately is the Life Teen Retreat this weekend for SPA at Techny Towers. We are embarking on Dignity and this post is perfect. I am going to read it to my small group this weekend!

    Thank you for being inspired and answering the call to share, Nicolette


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