On this day of giving thanks, what if we take up a refreshing challenge to be a blessing?
Today, I am pondering the grateful hearts of the first settlers celebrating teamwork and mutual respect and adventure of beginning on a wondrous new journey…how they came together in humble and joyful spirit after so much heartache and struggle…
O, how we need to turn our hearts once again to that spirit of giving and receiving blessing!
Have you noticed lately – all the tares among the wheat? “What is happening to a world where we think nothing of taking disrespect for others to seismic scale? Hatred and anger and fear and rudeness – even attack — are considered elite, correct stances and no one is more important than number one. “I don’t care what you are feeling!” one young, otherwise intelligent woman decries, captured as if in tantrum display on media for millions more than the immediate crowd to hear. And I pray… “Oh, Lord… is there a way to soften tares into wheat?”
I have blessed you to be a blessing, He reminds.
Today… counting our personal blessings… let us ask His Holy Spirit how we can most bless Him – what is on His heart –through Advent and in to every day of the new year. Let us listen in to how He would have us bless friends, acquaintances and strangers alike…bring back civility, common caring and compassion, understanding… and weave hope, light and grace citizen to citizen. Ask Him to bring people our way in divine appointments of grace and encouragement. Blessed are the peacemakers…
Blessings come in so many shapes and sizes…
- Heartfelt prayer for another
- A smile across a room
- A lending hand
- An encouraging word
- Old fashioned never go out of style courtesy
- Putting someone ahead of ourselves
- and __(Let His Spirit fill in)__… 🙂
Much as the settlers, we can embark on a wondrous new journey, create a refreshed world around us…go forward as light-keepers to a new day. Not necessarily thinking up ways, but leaning in to His whispers and lead…
Happy day of blessing keeping!
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