Blessings under Fire

3 Dec

There is much disagreement in our world today. However, I believe there is definitely one unifying thought–it is hard to disagree that the past two years have been challenging. We have battled a world wide virus that on many levels brought to us dangers we are not used to. We have suffered separation from loved ones and revisited how we navigate the daily world and quite possibly, in some instances we had to rearrange how we navigated our own public life. Legislators, in their quest to bring us safety have often upset us with new rules and regs to follow. Frustration does not begin to describe what many of us have felt for months on end.

In times of struggle we often forget to see brightness in the day and positivity around us because we are trapped in an irritable place. This means our blessings are under fire! The good and gracious aspects of life slip away unnoticed and if we are not cognizant, they likely disappear. How sad for us that we let this happen. The attack comes and we surrender.

I just described ME!

I sometimes fail to follow my own advice.

In my kitchen I have a modest hand painted primitive sign that says, “Count your blessings daily.” I look at that sign with great frequency as it is in a prominent place by the back door where I let the dog in and out regularly. Sad to say on some days I ignore that sign. I permit my blessings to be under fire…attacked by an enemy that would rather I be glum instead of gracious and grateful.

The precious old words below would have me behave differently:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost


Am I ready to battle back?

It would be to my benefit and blessing to do so.

2 Responses to “Blessings under Fire”

  1. Sue B December 3, 2021 at 10:10 am #

    After reading your latest blog I went back to your Oct 13 message “Blessings” a song by Laura Story. I first heard that song sung at Elma UMC by an amazing soprano who had recently lost a loved one. I know how difficult it is to sing at funerals and I honestly don’t know how she was able to sing at all. But then I thought , “Singing is a blessing” not only for the people who hear the song but even more for the singer. Music can give us a voice to express blessings even when our speaking voice fails us.
    Thank you God for the blessings of music and voice.

    • dar1124 December 3, 2021 at 12:49 pm #

      Yes, Sue! Laura Story has many”stories” of times in life when her music was her release and relief. SING UNTO THE LORD!!

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