Counting Our Blessings

“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live, That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

Lord, it is in times of trial that we are reminded of what matters most in our lives: the love of our families, the comfort of friends who listen to our hopes and our fears, and the strength that comes from your sustaining presence.    We thank you for the opportunity to seek help and to help others as we rebuild our lives. We thank you for food enjoyed and shared in the company of those we love.  We thank you for those who teach us new skills and those who help us heal.  We thank you for new births among us.  As we care for the sick, the aging, and those near death, we thank you for their lives, and for the bonds of affection and knowledge and shared experience that shape our world.  As we enter the spring season, we thank you for the warmth of the sun, the song of birds, and all of the beauty of the natural world which reflects your love and care for us.  We thank you for your promise of eternal life – a promise that helps us to face the unknown.

Lord, help us to see and accept your many gracious gifts, and walk in your ways.

Amen.

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