A day to wake up and count your blessings. No one can name the way you are blessed better than you.
Like the adage – ‘the grass is always greener on the other side.’ – people can look at you and list the blessings they see or think they understand but you are the only one that can count the blessings you hold deep within your heart.
Wake up and begin this day grateful for all of that makes your life richer and brings you joy. This is a list that only you can make.
A new day – may it reveal all the things that brings joy and gratitude into your life.
(Blue Heron by Isaac Bignell, 1959-1995, Canadian Cree artist)
THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS
“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” Wendell Berry
we live in a time with the sound of the slightest night noise can awaken our hearts with worry. No one knows what to expect – bombarded with news, repetitive and…
A broken globe
Come and fill our hearts with Your peace
A world in pieces
A broken heart
A heart in pieces
Come and fill our hearts with Your Love
There can be beauty in what is broken
And when the heart is broken many new things may fall in
Sending love to all who weep today
Sending healing prayers for all who feel broken
May we reach out and touch someone in need …
This world is broken. As anger and fear raises in volume, I reflect on a saying passed down for many generations. “Actions speak louder than words.” In this moment we have a choice. We can retreat in fear or step-out in faith to offer hope. We can give in to despair or reach out with kindness. Initially these actions may feel foreign as we work to move through our own fear and despair. Yet one act of kindness can draw out another, until the sounds of anger and fear are calmed by the echoes of care and compassion.
“Actions speak louder than words.” – for the sake of this broken world, let us choose to act in love.
What act of grace will you perform today? What blessing will you embody? We are all, each in our own way, agents of God’s grace. Every day we are given an opportunity to live out that calling, to be a source of mercy or healing or hope for another human being, perhaps even for many people, or even for the Earth we share with every living creature. Our acts, great and small, matter. They are the endless string of grace that encircles our world like a necklace of light. The choices we make, the things we do, turn the wheel of blessing, bringing goodness into being, kindness into life. What act of grace will you perform today?
So many mornings I awake grateful for a new day. During this time of my transition I have had to depend on people who I never knew until I came to my new home in the North Carolina’s mountains. I have been blessed with caregivers who are full of energy, fun to be with, and very knowledgeable about the area. I have begun to meet people and forge new friendships. And now I am beginning to connect with a larger community who are involved with faith formation (Christian Education) – it will be good to offer my time and resources when possible. I never thought I would have to retire so early. This has been a journey of ‘trust’.
Below I share a ‘blessing’ with you. May it enrich your moments as it has mine:
Be blessed today, blessed in who you are, in the time you are, in the place you are. Blessed in your moment of rising, when what waits for you still waits, either good or bad, so that you may face it knowing you are not alone. Blessed in your acts of creation, great and small, the things you will do to make a world for yourself, doing all that you can to make that world a better place. Blessed in your hours of resting, when you seek to leave it all behind, embracing the peace of angels who watch over you, keeping you blessed while the quiet stars shine above you. Bishop Steven Charleston