When I wake up in the morning, I realize how blessed I really am. I have a wonderful family, a roof over my head, and a great church I am a part of. Blessings come in so many ways, the hard part is seeng the blessings as they are given to us, for sometimes we are too focused on the negative, on the what-might-be, rather than the blessings we have been showered with.
After God takes us - claims us - as his children, he then blesses us. The baptismal liturgy in our worship services ends with the entire congregation, the Body of Christ, welcoming the newly baptized into the family of God. This is our first blessing - we are part of God's family, God's body. We have brothers and sisters than span time and place, we are supported, loved, and cared for by people of all races and ages, we are blessed because we know that we will always be God's - no matter where we go or what we do, because God will never abandon his children.
Then the blessings keep coming. We are blessed with gifts that we can share with others. We are blessed with relationships. We are blessed with the opportunity to grow closer to this God who knows everything about us and loves us without fail. We are blessed, period.
What blessings have you been given in your life?