Welcome from the friendly confines of …..St. Arbucks! Our discussion this morning focused around the Beatitudes of Matthew 5:1-10 as we all strongly affirmed how blessed we are as God’s people! As we share the gifts that the Lord gives to us each day, we share those gifts with the children, youth, and adults of all ages around us. What a great way to live!
Isn’t it such a joy that God’s people of all ages teach us adults so many things about being blessed? Here’s a quick story:
One day the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to an “under-developed” country to show his son how poor people live in the world. They spent a few days on a farm hosted by a “very poor” family. On their return home, the dad asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad!”
“Did you see how poor people can be?”, the Father asked.
“Oh yes”, said the Son.
“So, what did you learn from the trip?”, asked the Father.
The son thought for a moment and then answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that covers our back yard, and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns on our patio, and they have the stars at night. We have a small piece of land to live on, and they have fields that go on and on. We have to buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, but they have friends to protect them.
The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”
All too often we forget what we have and concentrate on what we do not have. It is so easy to think that the gifts we have in life are gifts that we have earned and deserve, rather than seeing that all of life is a gift given to us by a loving and gracious God! One person’s worthless object is another person’s prize possession. It’s all a matter of perspective!
Blessed are …..we, indeed! Blessed are we because He loves us and provides everything for us to continue to serve Him by serving others!
Today, we thank the Lord for the children, youth, and adults around us, who we so often take for granted. We also ask the Lord for His forgiveness as we often live selfish lives and seem to think that life is all about how much we can spend and earn and keep for ourselves, as if “whoever gets the most” in life, wins!
Let us continue to celebrate life by affirming how blessed we really are in order to share our lives and gifts with others throughout the world. Let us continue to share our riches with those people who God has placed around us, in Chicago, Nebraska, Palestine, and throughout the world. Let us continue to model for others that life is not about possessing things but rather about confessing that the Lord continues to bless us so that we can be blessings to others!
Blessed are we ….indeed! And that’s what’s happening at St. Arbucks this week!