God, our God has blessed us. Psalm 67:6b In Numbers 6:24-26 God tells Moses to share a beautiful blessing with the Israelites. Moses is to say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you, make his face to shine upon you, be gracious to you, and give you peace”. These are wonderful words of God’s blessing to us and to our friends and loved ones. But so often we forget the blessings of our daily life.
The Gospel of Luke also speaks of being blessed by God. Mary felt deep gratitude for her experience at Bethlehem. God blessed and protected the holy family in the birth and survival of their son. Mary treasured the blessings and pondered them in her heart. These blessings would sustain her in the difficult events to come.
As we enter a new year, we too are called to ponder the blessings of the past year and to praise God for the treasures which are ours. These blessings can be our strength in the New Year. Let us take a break from all the things that distract us and spend some time remembering the ways in which God has blessed us and brought us peace.
Wishing you a blessed New Year.
Pastor Linda Miles