I think that if we were able to truly see and number our blessings we would run out of time to do it. It is just that so many blessings in our lives either go unnoticed or are taken for granted. Padre Pio said; “Try to serve the Lord with all your heart and with all your will. He will always bless you more than you deserve”.
Of course, we KNOW that to be true. His grace is His gift to us. We, of course, have not and cannot do anything to earn that grace. But He gives it to us. I must serve Him. It is my calling and joy. It is each of our calling…to know Him, love Him, and serve Him. When I think about blessings this time of year, I often think of the movie “White Christmas” [the scene where Bing Crosby teaches the ‘Counting Your Blessings’ song to Rosemary Clooney]. It is a wonderful song, and reminds me so sweetly to count my blessings. The Christmas season overwhelms me with reminders of blessings. I see outpourings of generosity all over the place.
That reminds me, of course of God’s generous gift to us. Himself. The repercussions of that gift are worldwide and timeless. Don’t you find that over time we are blessed a hundred fold for our efforts? I am not talking about material wealth or even a measurable quantity of friends. If you pay very close attention, there is always someone trying to bless your life. All around you blessings flow your way. Even when you are lonely and downhearted, someone is trying to bless your life. Perhaps someone is praying for you. Knowing that someone you may or may not even be acquainted with is praying for you can strengthen you a bit. Knowing that there was a day when someone was kind to you helps you realize that you are worthy of being blessed. We each are.
Life is an extraordinary opportunity. God promises each of us that we will be blessed a hundredfold. Tomorrow it will be a year since I came down with Bell’s Palsy. I have been blogging for less than a year, but already the words that I write have traveled to many parts of the world. That thrills me beyond measure. It truly does. I began to blog so that I would not become the affliction I had. I began to blog as a therapeutic way to become the kind of lady I believed God intends me to be. I wanted to write so that I could spread light, faith, joy, perseverance, strength, and optimism. I have been blessed. I can see community all around the world.
What joy….what almost inexplicable joy…..yes. I am more blessed than I could have imagined. I am witnessing talent and joy through people’s work and blogs. It is astonishing and miraculous to witness the talent around me. I am learning from each of them. and I say : Alleluia! There truly is joy and determination in every part of the world. Praise be to God :-).