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Pastor’s Letter, May, 2020« Back to Letters
Dear Church Family and Friends: We all have problems in our lives, don’t we? But we also experience blessings. Oftentimes, we focus on our problems instead of on the good things that are happening in our lives. It’s also good practice to count our blessings, not our problems. A “blessing” is a favor or gift bestowed by God. Scripture, and the testimony of our lives confirm that we have all received one blessing after another (see John 1:16). The reality is: God keeps pouring HIs free gifts and His undeserved grace out upon us. The questions are: are we acknowledging God’s blessings and giving thanks for them? Or, are we drawn to the problems surrounding us? Some people don’t feel like God had anything to do with the blessings that come their way. I’m sorry they feel that way, but I guess it’s their prerogative. For the people of God, though, we want to express that sentiment that is found in the first of at least four different Psalms: “Oh. give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.: (see Psalm 106;1, 107:1, 118:1, 136:1) Sometimes we may fail to recognize God’s blessings because they didn’t come in the package we thought they would come in. We want His blessings to come to us in pleasing ways, not through pain. We would prefer His blessings come to us when the sun is shining, not through the storms of sorrow. Someone said that “envy is the art of counting the other fellows blessings instead of our own.” Let’s stop wasting time wanting what we don’t have, and instead, lets appreciate and celebrate the blessings that God has given to us.