Because God is loving and gracious, many blessings have been sent flowing into our lives over the years. We may not often take time to reflect on these gifts, especially at this busy time of the year with the demands of Christmas preparations.
I encourage you to multi-task this Advent season. Think about how you are blessed. When you’re stuck in rush hour traffic, instead of snarling at the slow-moving cars around you, consider what a blessing it is that you own a car, have the money to maintain it, and live in a place with paved roads.
Are the kids home from school and creating a cacophony when you need quiet to work? Take a deep breath and remember what a blessing children are.
Retired and feeling idle? Remember that you have been blessed with time and talent, and you can share those to be a blessing to others. Volunteer at church or your local school, museum, hospital, or library. Revel in the time to be free and enjoy God’s world.
This message is adapted from “Washed in the Bounteous Waters” written by Deborah McConomy-Wallace in the December 2004 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.