Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Many things to be thankful for....blessed be your name

Ballyhalbert 10th Sept
We all have many things to be thankful for but how thankful are we and do we ever really reflect on our blessings? Having just studied Genesis and particularly looking at Abraham I am encouraged by the faith of this very ordinary man. He wasn't perfect, he was just like us. However God chose him, made a covenant with him that would go on to bless his descendents. This wasn't just a story way back in history but we are those descendents and those blessings are ours for the taking.

When I think back on the last 44yrs the blessings I have received are abundant. However those blessings are more pronounced after troubles and trials. The unexpected blessings have came when I haven't put myself first.



In the Psalms we are told how we are to praise God even at times when we feel nothing is going our way. We need to remember that our time and God's is not the same. The time we spend on this earth is so short compared to eternity so whatever happens here, now on reflection, will seem so insignificant in the future



We all question God whether we have a faith or not but really we have no right as he is aware of the big picture. There are reasons he doesn't make us aware of everything at once. We are only human and incapable of knowing everything and in his wisdom he makes us aware of things as and when we can deal with them. In the same way we instruct our children. Job continually praised God through severe trial and God blessed him.

1Thessalonians 5:16-18 

Rejoice always pray without ceasing in everything give thanks ; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Abraham made many mistakes but each time God turned these around, likewise with us. However if we are not in a close relationship with him he will allow us to choose our own path and that is when things really can go wrong for us. I have experienced many things others may not but these experiences can be turned around to help others. We can all learn from poverty, abuse, addictions, disease, disability, harrassment, loneliness, depression etc. We can also with God's help turn these elements back to praise and through the experience have a better understanding of others who are yet to get through them. There is so much to be thankful for.

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name





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