Good morning all, I hope you are well and managing to keep virus free. Things seem to be improving so perhaps it won’t be too long before we get back to some kind of ‘normality’, whatever that may be like.
I hope you find this weeks reflection helpful, relaxing and will give you some food for thought. Take care, keep safe and God bless. Iain
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17th March 2021
Count your Blessings…..
Good morning – how are you today? I hope you are well and it won’t be too long before we can all meet up again. “We live in hope” – as the saying goes.
Let us take a few minutes to listen to this well know passage from Scripture –
It is the Word of God.
John 6 : 5 – 13 New Living Translation
“ Jesus saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him.
Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.
Philip replied, “Even if we worked for 6 months, we still wouldn’t have enough money to feed them all!”
Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”
“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said calmly.
So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000 and then there was the women and the children who were also fed.)
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people.
Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.
After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.”
So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the fish and the five barley loaves.”
What an amazing narrative of that afternoon by the sea of Galilee.
But isn’t just a nice story – it’s a powerful passage telling us that God can do more than we could ever imagine, ever expect or think possible.
No problem, no issue, no worry, no concern, no fear, no difficulty – nothing, is too big, too immense, that God can’t overcome it.
Do you have fears, worries and concerns?
Most of us do – then come to Him, talk to Him and He will give you the strength to deal with whatever it is you might be having to deal with just now.
The circumstances may not change but you will have changed – you will be stronger and better able to overcome your worries your your fears.
This passage, also and importantly, tells us that we should not focus in what we can’t do or don’t have – but on what we can do and do have.
When we take an inventory of our blessings, we see that we have so much to be thankful for, aye, and much more besides.
Why don’t you take time to it and write down a list of all your many blessings.
Family, friends, a roof over your head, food on your table and so much more.
And I hope you will see just how blessed you are.
Do you remember the words of that old song “Count your blessings?”
“Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!”
Well that’s true for YOU –
And it’s true for me.
And it’s food for thought for us all.
Let us give thanks for all our many blessings –
Let us pray –
Loving, living. Listening Lord, We thank you for all that you provide us with, so much more than we could ever deserve.
It is so easy for us to become despondent and downhearted, save us from becoming complacent or ungrateful, but rather, may we be thankful for what we DO have instead of focussing on the things we don’t.
Remind us that we may not blessed with wealth or the things that others may have – but we are rich in your love.
With you beside me, there is nothing I cannot
Bless those who are struggling with the everyday issues of life and watch over the sad, the lonely and the bereaved we pray.
Hear our prayers Lord, for we bring them to you in in Jesus’ name.
Here is a very short passage from the Book of J U D E –
And if you haven’t read this short book, let me recommend you do sometime.
It’s a lovely book with only the one chapter.
So from J U D E at verse 2 ~
“May mercy, peace, and love be yours, and in abundance!”
That’s what I wish for you.
May God Bless you –
And may He blessed your loved ones too.
I hope your week is going well –
and please – keep safe.