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BLESSINGS

 

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There is nothing in the world quite like a baby, with his soft skin and funny little grimaces, stretchings and smiles!  So, we see that blessings come from above, in full view.  Other blessings come from above but present in the form of a person through acts of kindness, words of encouragement or an extended hand to a  child or teenager or person of any age.

Often,  we cannot fathom where these blessings come from!  That is until we stop to realize that it came straight from our Heavenly Father,  either to protect us from a catastrophic event or to cover us with heavenly joy, like the gift of a baby into our lives.

The occurrence of a blessing is the realization of God’s grace (or favor toward us).  The Lord blesses us with a cool breeze on a sunny day, or a colorful meadow, or a majestic mountainside or amber-orange-red leaves dancing in the wind on a crisp, autumn day.   When I was a young mother, my 4 year-old daughter was resting one hot, summer afternoon, on her bed when suddenly a cool breeze drifted through her window.  She said, “Mommy, the breeze feels just like a kiss from God!”  I realized at that moment that Paige was my long-awaited special gift from God.  Such a profound thought from a little girl!

1st Corinthians 2:15  The apostle, Paul wrote:  “For we are to God, the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”  To those who are perishing, we are the aroma of death leading to death and to those who are saved we are the aroma of  life leading to life.

We as Christ’s disciples, bless others because we have the mind of Christ. We are filled with His Spirit and as He tells us in His Word, we are His ambassadors.   So, because we are God’s in Christ, we have the endowment and authority to bless others.  When we bless others, we are also blessed by God for having blessed His ‘lambs.’  John 21:15

Our newly-installed Minister, Rev. Kyle Cannon spoke last week on the words Jesus spoke just before ascending into heaven…Jesus said to Simon Peter:  “Do you love me?”   Simon Peter said, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.”   Jesus said to Peter:  “Tend My lambs.”  (or “Take care of my people- tell them about what I’ve done for them.”) So, blessings come directly from God as He reveals His grace or (His favor) in us.  Blessings are revealed to others indirectly from God through us, His servants.

Blessings to each of you, today and always.

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