It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, November 03, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 3, Book 08

A Franciscan Blessing

May God bless you with discomfort,
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger,
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears,
To shed for those who suffer from pain,rejection, starvation, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness,
To believe that you can make a difference in this world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

An important discipline is staying alert to the opportunities and blessings in our lives. We may have times of fatigue and distraction, of course, when we are less alert ... or not observant at all. Happily, even at these times, life often surprises us into a refreshed alertness

Good Morning !

I don’t know how many times I’ve had something discouraging happen only to find out later it really was a blessing. We all hear stories about people that were saved from terrible accidents just because they were running 5 minutes late at the time.

I try to remember that when things aren’t going my way. There is always a reason it seems for what happens. Blessings happen every day and we do have to take time out and count them.

This month I’ll be doing a lot of thanking and reflecting on my many blessings. I would encourage you to do the same.

After my working at home weekend, I cannot say that I’m very rested, but I do feel good about what I got done and for that I’m thankful.


Matthew Henry, a famous scholar, was once stopped by highway men and robbed of his purse with all of its contents. It was his first such experience.

In his diary for that day the following record was discovered years later:"Let me be thankful, first, because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed!

We always have something for which to be thankful

‘On Ya’-ma

I am grateful for what I am and have.

My thanksgiving is perpetual...

O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.

No run on my bank can drain it for my wealth

is not possession but enjoyment.

Henry David Thoreau


Cindi said...

wonderful entry...great reminder given to all of us...for that I am thankful.

Jan said...

Amen to all of that and may I say I am thankful to have you as a friend and though Idont always comment I do read but you always comment thankyou and Autumn B lessings dear Pam Jan xx

Alice said...

Hi Pam. I do wish everyone could have that attitude. Some just never seem to have enough. Have a great day :).........

Kathy said...

That is a great post. I feel the same way especially at this time of year. It's always nice to help those less fortunate than us. Even a smile to all you meet is a start on this road to giving.

Joan said...

Hi Pam a timely reminder that we all need. Thank you so much for visiting me Love Joan

Tammy said...

Amen! said...

i Loved this entry and am passing it on to a friend..
thank you and have a good week.

Jenny said...

I like the blessing, i wish i could live it better.
Jenny <><

betty said...

so true, Ma; when we look back on the discomforts of our lives, we often see the blessings that came afterwards; looking forward to seeing what your thanksgivings are during this month of thanks :)


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this beautiful post it means so much to me Blessings Kat:)

Janie said...

I am having company next Monday so I really need to get some things done soon! lol Know what you mean about maybe running a little late. I try to tell myself that I am right where God wants me to be. lol Have a wonderful week. Janie