Counting Blessings: Weekly Reflection

By Patheos staff

I will extol the LORD at all times;
       his praise will always be on my lips.

 My soul will boast in the LORD;
       let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

 Glorify the LORD with me;
       let us exalt his name together.
  ~  Psalm 34: 1-3

Reflect on your present blessings of which every one has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all have some. ~ Charles Dickens

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Who can think about counting blessings without hearing Big Crosby sing about it in White Christmas? Listen and watch, thanks to YouTube!

Today I'm counting my blessings. No special reason: I'm just aware that I spend more time counting my problems and struggles than I do counting God's little blessings to me every day.

So today, I'm counting . . .

. . . a fresh brewed cup of coffee in the morning: the smell of it throughout the house, and that "za zing" that wakes you up and gets you ready to face the day.

. . . bird songs in the morning, and the blessing of a quiet day to listen to them.

. . . summertime and the warmth of the summer sun on my face, and the joy that it brings to me.

. . . little kids playing at the beach, making sand castles, and splashing in the water, and running away from the tide, giggling all the way.

. . . the taste of summer's bounty, fresh from the farm: watermelons, corn on the cob, tomatoes sweet and juicy, running down my face.

. . . a cold beer on a hot summer afternoon that quenches my thirst, after an afternoon workout.

. . . air conditioning in my car, and in my home, when the summer sun becomes too much to endure.

. . . beautiful people whose beauty is more apparent with summer's clothing, and my ability to see them and appreciate them as God's works of art.

. . . friends and family who make me laugh, and feed my body and soul with food and friendship.

. . . that moment late in the day when the sun finally sinks into the evening sky and we are left with just a pleasant memory of the day now gone, and the promise of starlight and a cool summer evening.

. . . the internet, that connects me with home and with the world, even when I'm away camping in the wild.

. . . and the silence of morning, that puts me in touch with my God, and reminds me this day, that as I am, I am loved.

Can you count your blessings today? Right now? Even in the midst of your problems and struggles? How is God blessing and loving you in this very moment?

Now pray . . .