Community in Action "Giant Blessings" April 3, 2020

Today is opening day for Giant’s baseball. It was to be their first home game of the 2020 season. Did you wear your orange and black? Oh well, though it does’t seem like a day to celebrate it still is. Today Joan and I saw four black-crowned night herons when we walked the canal. I first noticed this type of bird in 2019 and just a few days ago for the first time we saw two. Today we saw four, what a blessing!

    Have those birds always been there and we just didn’t see them? Perhaps they are moving into the neighborhood to establish a new home. Anyway it was so cool to see these birds, all four of them, after just learning about them in the last year.

    I think that is the way sometimes I see blessings from God. I don’t see them at first, but once they are pointed out I can’t help but see them.

    Another blessing for me is seeing other people on the trail next to the canal. It wasn’t that big of deal before, but now as I walk that trial I am sure to say “Hello!” to each person I meet. Some of them are regulars, others it is the first and last time I will see them. There have even been a couple times when I have stopped, at a safe distance, to talk to someone I know from other places. 

    Blessings can be taken for granted, yet if we look for them we will see them. Even in the midst of trying times we can find a blessing somewhere. I don’t want to discount those times when we feel overwhelmed by struggles, but there is a lot of good out there and there are a lot of blessings.

    I love the words we find in Psalm 103 verses 1 & 2, “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,” (RSV).

    I pray for you today, as you experience difficult times, as you suffer disappointments, as you begin the day with a heavy heart, that you will find a blessing somewhere in your midst. And that God will lift you up so you can greet the today with a new blessing found in his mercy and grace.


    Pastor Randy

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