Have everyone close their eyes while you take away one picture. Let your family guess which blessing is missing. Talk about what it would be like without that blessing. Keep playing until none are left. Make a large cornucopia out of posterboard, and laminate it so that fruit pieces may be attached with tape and removed without tearing.
About a month ago, I saw an example of this magic. I was in my office when a member of my congregation came by. He had a burning question. She said yes, and everybody in the restaurant cheered. Then the man walked quietly over to a corner, put on a yarmulke, and said some type of blessing. Rabbi, do you have any idea what blessing he said?
Do you have a copy? Blessings express our feelings. They need not be traditional ones. They simply need to come from the heart.
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When they do, they can change lives. We were very close. Up until his death, I tried to talk to or visit him every day. But during the last few weeks of his life, something changed. Perhaps it was the birth of my daughter or his declining condition. Whatever the cause, our moments became more infused with meaning. A month before my grandfather died, I was sitting by his bed, talking to him.
As I got up to leave, I felt a twitch in my stomach. Our connection, however, had changed. They simply need to come from the heart. When they do, they can change lives. We were very close.
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Up until his death, I tried to talk to or visit him every day. But during the last few weeks of his life, something changed. Perhaps it was the birth of my daughter or his declining condition. Whatever the cause, our moments became more infused with meaning. A month before my grandfather died, I was sitting by his bed, talking to him. As I got up to leave, I felt a twitch in my stomach.
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Our connection, however, had changed. It is a way we make our lives a blessing. It is something each of us can do today, tomorrow and for the rest of our lives. This is one more way we can speak and share our blessings. When we do, we learn the discipline of gratitude and the importance of words in our daily lives. Everyone has an opportunity look at his or her life and decide what to focus on. Will it be the tragedy, the pain, the hardship?
Or will it be a blessing? You decide. Share in the comments. In a world that is fallen, broken and hurting it sure is wonderful to think more about blessings. We have the gift of choice and the power to choose to think on things such as blessings, love and being intentional. Much easier to default to negative thoughts. I am grateful for the Gift of mentors in my life. That God lives and cares for me during the greatest valleys and highest peaks. But truly the blessings of having a savior that daily allows me grace and being saved from myself. His way is such a blessing.
My wife, kids and people are the greatest opportunity to show his love by loving them. Blessings to you all this day that is a gift.
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I wake each morning , journal and write a prayer at he end of each entry. It is my way of speaking my blessings. Thank You for the wonderful prayer and thank you for being a blessing of mine today. I agree with Noah! Everyone has pain at sometime in their life.
This normal and and actually a blessing to see where God is taking you. We may not be able to understand why, but I believe there is a reason. I too can share this with my family and in the relationship of others. If we would just open our eyes and hearts. Thank you for sharing this. It has opened my eyes so that I can see so many things that up to now have missed. Telling my boys that I love them is important to me.
And to tell them how proud my wife and I are of them. It is a blessing to me! Finding my way to this post this morning encourages me and no doubt many others. In the midst of my upheavals, I have blessings to count and gratitude to give, starting here. Thank You! I tend to count my blessings, perhaps not aloud, but regularly. So rather than one I haven;t spoken about, I would say that I could be more vocal about all of my blessings at times.
I try to speak good things as soon as I get up in the morning. What we do shapes how we think. There is verse in the bible that say we have the power of life and death on our tongues. I want my words to be used to build up and and bless; not criticize and tear down.
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