I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.
Psalm 34: 1, 3 (NLT)
During the winter of 2007-2008, Oklahoma experienced the worse ice storm in recorded Oklahoma history. More than a half a million families experienced a loss of electrical service causing untold suffering and death to a few. On the second day of what would be a weeklong power outage for most, Alicia Kelly (not her real name), 16, was brought into an Oklahoma City hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Alicia was fortunate but not the other members of her family who died. “I have nothing to be thankful for. And if God is, why did He take my family from me? Where was God?”
Each and every day someone suffers the death (loss) of someone or persons near and dear to them without a logical explanation. Like Alicia they search for answers from God as to why a tragic event happened to them. In their pain and suffering, they are at a loss to come to any conclusion that God has blessed them in ANY way.
It was never determined as to whether Alicia was a Christian or not. But Christian or not, many of us know of Christians who abandoned their faiths during a challenging period of their lives. Some of us have attempted to go to such a person to demonstrate and verbally show them their blessing. Usually such approaches often result in anger, resentment and a hardening of their rejection of God. What one quickly learns is that no one can ever count another person’s blessings.
So how does one deal with those who have been wounded by tragedy? The number one formula that Christ left Christianity all Christians is prayer. Secondly, we as Christians can do whatever can be done to support the hurting through patience, unconditional love, and our presence. Being supportive of the hurting is generally always difficult and challenging. Those who know the reality, presence and love of God can during our daily prayer times develop a daily list of our daily that may be transmitted to the hurting. What is also great about a daily blessings list is that it may be kept for extended periods to share with one who is hurting in a casual way.
On this day, this writer’s blessings are:
1. The ability to breathe without difficulty.
2. The ability to earn money to care for family, friend or foe.
3. For the food with which to eat and feed our neighbors.
4. The ability to tell others of the Word of God.
Perhaps you could benefit from a blessings lists? Such a list will make you aware of you
aware of how richly blessed you actually are.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of my life and the gifts: