Being Blessed

  • Christine Vander Wielen, M.S.W., LCSW
  • Series: Christmas 2016, Volume 23, Issue 5
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Recently, I was wrestling with a software program used for bookkeeping. Struggling for more than an hour, I relented and called tech support. The technician’s name was Kay. I was barely able to keep my impatience and irritation out of my voice as I explained the problem to her.

After an hour of working together, the issue was resolved. Before we hung up, Kay thanked me for my patience in working with her and then she said, “You will be more prosperous this year and every year to come. You and your family will enjoy health, happiness and peace throughout the year.”

The help and blessing from Kay will not be forgotten soon. It was humbling and thought provoking. Kay went out of her way to bless me even though I did not deserve it. I had begun the conversation clearly irritated and very prideful. I was full of myself and frustrated that I was having difficulty. In short, I could not do what I wanted when I wanted.

Our Heavenly Father blesses us in so many ways, that we often forget to be grateful. In our fallenness, we can take His blessings for granted and become self absorbed. The minute something goes wrong in our lives, we shake our fingers towards Heaven and demand, “How could You do this to me?” We approach God from a place of pride and frustration many times instead of asking our Heavenly Father, “What would you like me to learn from this?”

This holiday season, let us remember and give thanks for one of the greatest blessings He has given mankind, the birth of His Son.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we saw His glory, glory in the same manner as the only child of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

May your holiday season be filled with joy, peace, and many blessings!