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

One Loving Act at a Time

She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy.

Proverbs 31:20

While growing up, I had visions of grandeur regarding what I would do with my life. I wanted to solve the problems of the world. I wanted to end wars. I wanted to fight against prejudice and injustice. I wanted to end poverty. I wanted to work with special needs children. I wanted to teach. I wanted to become a nun. I wanted to become a nurse…

When things began to fall into place, the path before me became less cluttered. I learned to value the seemingly mundane callings which in reality make all of the difference in the world. A good person who deals fairly and kindly with those around her brings peace to our world. Generous couples who allow their love to spill over onto to those around them bring love to the world. Parents who nurture their children with their time and attention bring hope to this world. Caring for those we have been given to love is the most important work we can do.

The truth is that I still want to solve the problems of the world, to end wars and poverty and to fight against prejudice and injustice. This time around, I’m tackling each of these and more with one loving act at a time.

Dear God, when I wonder if I’m doing my loved ones or this world any good, you dispel my doubt with encouragement. Thank you!

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

The Difference We Make

“Go home to your family and show them
all that the Lord in his mercy has done for you.”

Mark 5:19

While growing up, I had visions of grandeur regarding what I would do with my life. I wanted to solve the problems of the world. I wanted to end wars. I wanted to fight against prejudice and injustice. I wanted to end poverty. I wanted to work with special needs children. I wanted to teach. I wanted to become a nurse…

As I grew into my teens and then adulthood, my circumstances began to fall into place and the path before me became less cluttered. I learned to value the seemingly mundane vocations which in reality make all of the difference in the world. A good person who deals fairly and kindly with those around her brings peace to our world. Generous couples who allow their love to spill over onto to those around them bring love to the world. Parents who nurture their children with their time and attention bring hope to this world. Caring for those we have been given to love is the most important work we can do.

Now that I am older, I finally get it!

O Lord, sometimes I wonder if I am doing my loved ones or this world any good. Thank You for the precious moments with them which dispel my doubt.

©2015 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