Reflections: Typically, as I write, there is something or situation that has settled in my thoughts, creating and taking the space in my mind and appears as if it may be relevant to others that find themselves serving as pastors and addressing the issues we face from time to time as we sit in the ‘big chair’. (I heard that reference last week and laughed.) This week what I find relevant is the abundance of ‘quiet’ blessings in the daily lows and highs of living. There are recurring seasons in our lives that “it’s all good” and there other days we have to deal with ‘issues of un-importance’. There really are no heartaches at this moment. There really has not been any ‘earth shaking’ news. Life has presented the normal challenges and we’re ‘equipped’ and prepared to manage the problem and process. In the mist of all this, how could I not just thank God and offer praise. In the mist of my daily walk, I have praise to give. It is so easy to take the gift of quiet-blessings for granted. I am thankful for God’s blessing of wisdom, resources and experiences. Every opportunity presents us with a chance to honor God, because we have been equipped to face the ripples in the lake as well as the crashing of the waves against the shoreline. A co-worker stated this week it was a “trying week” for her. And following that statement she said she was grateful because it pushed to find the ‘better’ in herself. Shouldn’t we all be thankful for the issues, grand or small because there is a lesson to be learned in the big and the small. In the simple and complicated. Blessings in the ugly as well as the beauty of every situation. There’s a blessing in the alarm clock working as well as the safe travel when you’re rushing and make it to your destination safely. There’s a blessing for me just in the fact you may take time to share in my thoughts. There’s a blessing and praise to be given for it all. Thank You Lord for all you’ve done for me. The song says “it could have been me”…. Well it was me. Thank you Lord. Be blessed today and see the hand of God in it all.