|Posted on April 20, 2020 at 8:15 AM|
I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to see many blessings in our world today. The news reports are filled with sad things about illness, death and jobs being lost. There is a lot of conflicting information, too, about the virus and plans to re-open our society, and scammers are taking advantage of our fears to try new ways to cheat people out of their money.
Fortunately my husband and I are in a fairly decent position. We did get our stimulus check, we have an adequate amount of money stored away for retirement (and we hope it doesn’t deplete too quickly!), and we have a strong faith community to support us. Our church is reaching out to every parishioner via phone and email to see if they are okay and if they need any resources. I’m part of the calling team, and it’s gratifying to hear that so far most of our people are okay.
But I know that not everyone is in a good position right now. I know people whose work hours have been reduced and others who are furloughed. Some are having a hard time financially and I’ve heard concerns from others who severely distrust the ability of our government to help them. I do not personally know of anyone who has the virus, but my family and friends are rightfully concerned. People are not feeling blessed, and I can’t blame them for doubting or being angry and upset.
But there is One whom I can trust to provide for us – and that is God. Although it is hard to understand why God might allow the unfavorable impacts of the pandemic to occur, I still have to trust that God has everything under control and that somehow blessings will come out of this situation.
And I do think that blessings are here, if I just look for them. Perhaps I have been taking too many things for granted, and the blessing is that I now appreciate these things more. Perhaps (probably!) my faith life has sagged, and the blessing is that I am re-igniting that faith. And maybe I had slacked off in engaging with my friends and family, and now the blessing is that I am more deliberate about reaching out.
It’s not often that I include an entire song in my reflection, but today I want to share one that has held a lot of comfort for me in these past several weeks. Written and sung by Laura Story, the song “Blessings” helps me to look at challenges as possible blessings, even though I might not realize it yet.
I pray that this week you will muse upon these words and see how you can look at your life and current trials and see what blessings are there for you.
We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things
'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe
When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart, that this is not our home
What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise
Have a blessed Monday!
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