Tag Archives: blessings

Give thanks in everything

“No matter what happens,” St. Paul wrote, “always be thankful” (1 Thess. 5:18 NLT). “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything” (Eph. 5:19-20 NIV). On Thursday, most of us in the United States will pause for a national Thanksgiving, like we do every year. […]

Blessed to be a blessing

To be filled, we need to be empty: Clay gives shape to a bowl, but it’s the emptiness within that makes it useful. To speak, we first need to be silent: “He who does not understand your silence,” Elbert Hubbard said, “will probably not understand your words.” To gain wisdom, we need to live with […]

Open your doors, open your eyes

National Poetry Month, Day 17  //  The greatest blessings in life are the commonest, and I’m blind to them usually because I look too high. I yearn for the big, unusual blessings and fail to see them precisely because the big ones are unusual. The common ones, the ones God loves to give, are most […]

These rude feet

National Poetry Month, Day 5  //  When I was a child, finding a penny was a real treat, more so a nickel or dime. A quarter would make my day, buying me a seat for Saturday afternoon’s double feature with enough left over for a soda or a box of Milk Duds. I think of […]

Giving thanks in the land of milk and honey

The Lord . . . brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey (Deuteronomy 26:8-9). When you come into the land God is giving you, the land God promised, bring the first and best of all you have, and present it to God as an offering […]

A lean abundance

Harvest is over for most of the agrarian folks in this part of the world, though here in Wayne County some apples remain to be gathered in. The color still showing in the landscape is muted, and a good rain or wind will soon turn the hills pensive gray. Some of my neighbors are talking […]

God is faithful

Singing for joy is so much of what this season is about, it’s difficult for most of us not to sing, in our heads if not with our voices. Even nature seems to pick up the chorus. “Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! / Let all their songs employ; / while fields and floods, […]

Jabez, meet Jesus

While you’re celebrating Thanksgiving Day – you might as well do it every day – remember these words from Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius: “Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.” Remember your blessings, in other words, and the […]