Blessings upon blessings

This week as I prepare for worship on Sunday and the Parable of the Talents, I keep coming back to the word “abundance.” Abundance can be good and it can be bad.

Abundance of to-do list items. Abundance of homework. Abundance of snow. Abundance of sadness. Bad.

Abundance of opportunities. Abundance of learning. Abundance of snow angels and snowmen. Abundance of joy. Good.

In the abundance we have every day, sometimes it’s about having an attitude of seeing things as blessings. It’s a faith-filled act to have an attitude that no matter what the day brings to us—the good, the bad, and the ugly—we have the opportunity to share Jesus’ love and hope, all for the glory of God. It doesn’t mean we have all the answers, or to say that everything is okay. It means we pray and live in the hope that God is with us, and each day there is an abundance of blessings—blessings upon blessings—bestowed upon us.

Still not convinced? Do you greet this week with restlessness, discomfort, anger, tears, and foolishness? It’s okay. I do too. 

Let me share my new favorite prayer with you. This Fourfold Fransiscan Blessing takes emotions and actions we might think are bad in abundance and helps us reframe them to be good in abundance:

“May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships—so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

"May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people—so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

"May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish—so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform that pain to joy. 

"May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in this world—so that you are able, with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

"And the blessing of God be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore.”

We already have what we need: our God who loves us beyond measure, a Savior who died for us, and an abundance of blessings upon blessings. Thanks be to God!

Join us in worship on Sunday for a Growing in Faith Together time as we wonder more about this together. We are delighted to be welcoming our Sunday school children at 10:15 a.m. I look forward to seeing you then. 

With Joy,

Pastor Hannah

Originally published on Nov. 12, 2014 in Christ the King's weekly e-newsletter. Subscribe.