I like to use one of the Blessing Jars my sister-in-law and I made a few years ago from Mason jars. It has become a small yet important part of what I think of as my Blessing Ritual. As I unscrew the jar lid and take various coins out of my purse, I think of the many positive things and even the challenges that transpired since my last deposit of blessings.
Even though only a few coins go in at a time, their value constantly grows. Their value grows not only in terms of what they represent to me, but also by how many others will benefit from these blessings.
I used to think blessings were just good things and happy events. Yet, I learned they also may be the silver linings during hardships. We can be thankful for it all.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
This message is excerpted from “Put your ‘two cents’ in a blessing jar” by Annalee Crotinger from the November 8, 2021, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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