Unique and Gifted You

“I have found my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him…”

Psalm 89:21

Since enjoying my cousin’s eightieth birthday party a few weeks ago, my earliest memories have emerged frequently. This celebration was reminiscent of our overflowing family gatherings of long ago. Whether observing the holidays, a christening, birthday, graduation, wedding or funeral, we came together. I grew up down the block from our church and numerous people passed our house on their way to Mass each week. Though at the time I was too to greet them all, I enjoyed their makeshift parade. By the time I took my first job at a grocery store at age sixteen, I’d become quite adept at interacting with others. This came to good use when I began my teaching career. I enjoyed the array of children each new year brought my way. Imperfect as they were, there was something special to love in each one of them. I took great pleasure in pointing out and enjoying each of their unique gifts.

You know, we’re all God’s anointed ones. Each of us is sent out to bless those around us and to bless this world with the unique gift of our self. Will you join me in taking a look in the mirror today? Let’s see what we have to offer one another. Let’s see what we can do to repair this suffering world of ours.

Thank you, Dear God, for loving us so much that you entrust this world and all of us to each other.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

All Gifted

“I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
that my hand may always be with him,
and that my arm may make him strong.”

Psalm 89:21-22

My earliest memories include large and overflowing family gatherings for the holidays, christenings, birthdays, graduations, weddings and funerals. I grew up down the block from our church, so numerous fellow parishioners passed our house on the way to Mass each week. By the time I took my first job at a grocery store at age sixteen, I was quite adept at interacting with others. This came to good use when I eventually married, began my teaching career and became involved in our new parish. All the while, I enjoyed the array of people who came into my life.

I am especially grateful for the moments I have shared individually with those around me. During these encounters, I received glimpses of many amazing souls. Several of them had no idea of their ability to contribute to this world of ours. So it was that I took great pleasure in pointing out and enjoying their unique gifts.

You know, King David isn’t God’s only anointed one. Because we are God’s children, we are anointed as well. Each of us is sent out to bless those around us and to bless this world with the unique gift of our self. Join me in taking a look in the mirror today. Let’s see what we have to offer those around us.

Thank you, Dear God, for loving us so much that you trust us to use our gifts to enrich this world!

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Anointed One

“I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
that my hand may always be with him,
and that my arm may make him strong.”

From Psalm 28:20-26

I come from a very large family. My dad is one of twelve children, and my mom is one of eight. My earliest memories include large family gatherings for the holidays, christenings, birthdays, graduations, weddings and funerals. I grew up down the block from our church, so numerous people passed our house on the way to Mass each week. I worked at a grocery store throughout high school and college. Afterward, I married, began my teaching career and became involved in our parish. Throughout all of this, people of every sort have come into my life.

I am especially grateful for the moments I have shared individually with those around me. During these encounters, I receive glimpses of many amazing souls. Several of them have no idea of their ability to contribute to this world of ours. So it is that I take great pleasure in pointing out their unique gifts.

You know, King David isn’t God’s only anointed one. Because we are God’s children, we are anointed as well. Each of us is sent out to bless those around us and to bless this world with the unique gift of our self. Will you take a look in the mirror with me today? What is it that we have to offer those around us?

Thank you, Dear God, for loving us so much that you trust us to bring you into this world!

©2014 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved