I am certainly not complaining. I have always found it easier to be the helper than the one receiving the help so having the health and resources and support to make it so easy to lend a hand is a blessing I do not take lightly.
Today I had the great joy of working with a small church struggling to be a big blessing by placing a new hat and pair of gloves into clear sacks so our struggling locale public grade school can make certain that every child has their own new hat and gloves for the coming winter. Our main campus helped in delightful ways. (A very special thanks to the women who prayed and knit or crocheted an amazing number of wonderful hats.)The mental image of 400+ sweet faces with these small gifts to keep them warm (and stylish) is informing my day and warming my heart.
But still the pace can make it a challenge to retain the blessing and let go of the stress and anxiety of getting it all done on time. So today's Bible verse was exactly what I needed to hear: Heaven is declaring God's glory; the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.* (NOTE TO SELF: And all wonderful and on-time without my help!) The vestiges of bright fall leaves, the glimpse of the stream the summer foliage protected, sun rises and sun sets, storms and rare balmy days, the Christmas decorations beginning to pop up beyond the Mall, the bell-ringers, the food drives, opportunities to share the season of giving with grandchildren who advertisers would prefer stay wholly focused on "getting".
There are a dozen moments sent by God that we might rejoice, renew, and recharge every day. Today I pledge to daily drink the joy from the blessings in my life, even it if has to be while waiting for the light to change or in line at the grocery store.
Will you join me?