March 14, 2018
My apologies for not having a new blog entry on Monday as promised, but I had a reason. I wanted to blog today because as of today I am 70 years old! I am staggering under the realization that the whole decade of my 60’s has passed by! Where did that go?
But the reason for making this a blog post is to count my blessings, something I always do on a birthday. My book exhorts people to look at the future, and of course birthday wishes fit into that category. But beyond wishes, gratitude for past and present is also important.
Do I realize that not everyone has a past to be grateful for? Of course, and my compassion goes out to those who deal with difficult presents and pasts that haunt you. Do I also realize that not everything in my past is a blessing? Of course. But I believe in the part of the Bible which tells us to give thanks to God in ALL things.
That’s a difficult concept. But we have to understand that even though God does not bring calamity and trouble upon us, He is still in charge, still with us, and He can guide us to understand that even that difficult things make us stronger and shape our faith.
So, what blessings can I share? First, I grew up in a family of faith. Regular church attendance and Sunday School were an unquestioned part of my youth. In fact, my dad was the Sunday School Superintendent and my mom was a teacher – and my first opportunity to play the piano for accompaniment happened when I was 12 and accompanied “I Love to Tell the Story” for the main session. And among my many blessings at church were some amazing pastors who implanted solid ideas about God and Jesus in my heart and mind until Confirmation and beyond.
Second, I grew up in a household where education, music, the outdoors, flowers and gardening, and individual achievement were valued. Those things have stayed with me strongly, and the additional blessings of graduate school and a degree followed by writing which led to my published book. Church attendance, music, and the outdoors continue to be strong parts of my life.
Last but definitely not least, my marriage and my relationships with my children, other relatives, and friends are blessings definitely sent by God. Praise Him! – today and always!