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OpenBible offers a range of Bible verses to draw upon on the subject of ‘being blessed‘. I wish I could remember where I read a post the other day about the notion of ‘blessing’, often tied in wiht a prosperity gospel… being ‘blessed’ with health, wealth, etc. – what does that say about the blessings that are received by those who have none of that. In an attempt at Googling I found that to bless someone means:

“Let them be poor in spirit, mourning, meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, merciful, pure, peacemakers, and persecuted.”

Today’s poem ends:

‘May this day be blessed.’
Not by what I give or receive,
but in what I see and feel.

‘May this day be blessed.’
And may I be part of the blessing.

Edit: Found the article in the Huffington Post, following a link from @patricksplace post ‘Feeling Blessed? Not so Fast!

Maggi Dawn

Today Maggi draws on Matthew 4:12-17. I am struck by the differing lifestyles of John the Baptist and Jesus. John the Baptist’s style of living is defined as closest to that of modern-day monks, who don’t live entirely detached from society, but at one remove “in some ways their uncluttered and disciplined life made them able to see more clearly what really matters.”

Thinking back to ‘to-do list’ (“yesterday”), having a picture of where we are going, and why it’s important, and removing the extraneous clutter means we can focus where we need to focus, consequently leaving us free to take up new opportunities secure in the knowledge that it fits with what we should be doing. Wish I was there…

Meantime Jesus had such a clear vision of what he was doing, and despite being bullied, refused to become ‘a victim’ – including outsiders rather than victimising them (as many bullies choose to do).

4 Responses

  1. I think that one connection to being blessed is that of Thanksgiving! We often neglect to give thanks for all of the blessings that we receive through life, and our lack of thankfulness can’t be put down to busyness or even to ingratitude – it seems to me to be purely human to take such things for granted.

    The issue for me is that forgetfulness of those blessings that I know about and receive daily, but forget to include in my prayers. One example is that I’ve thanked God for my spouse, for all of the good things and love that she has brought into my life, but when I take her for granted, I’m forgetting those blessings and being a bit lazy about them – something I need to repent for.

    Being grateful for blessings seems to me something we need to build on – we know that God is asking us to worship him through praise and thankgiving, so why are we sometimes so lax about the thanks giving bit.

    1. The thing I was fascinated about in the Huff Post article was the idea that we are thankful only for the good things, so how are we thankful (and feeling blessed) even when times are hard!

    2. Cultural laziness? We’re taught to focus on what’s wrong rather than what’s right (e.g. “I got 70%” – “So what did you get wrong?” is often the first response!)

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