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Connecting Faith to Life - Kari van Wakeren

I read a great cartoon the other day. It depicted three kids looking on while their mother did the dishes, folded the laundry, and cleaned the house.

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In the final frame, as the mom was getting dinner ready, one of the kids asked, “Mom, how come you’re never bored like we are?” to which the mom replied, “I’m just blessed, I guess.”

The following day, I heard a report on the radio about the EPA’s recommended changes to the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline.

The reporter mentioned how this news upset corn growers but pleased oil companies. It was a classic example of how one person’s gain is viewed as another’s loss.

The cartoon likely caught my attention because it was about motherhood; the news report because my grandpa was a corn grower. Another reason they both caught my attention is because in January, our congregation focused on a sermon series called Blessed.

Scripture tells us that as God’s people, “We are blessed to be a blessing.” All too often, though, it seems we relate the amount to which we are blessed to the degree that God must love us.

In addition, we often equate God’s blessings to a zero-sum game – that if one person gets them then someone else misses out.

However, making these assumptions about God’s blessings is a dangerous thing. It leads us to think that if we have a lot of stuff, we are blessed. If we have a lot of things to do, we are blessed. If we have a lot of friends, we are blessed, and that the opposite then must also be true.

Certainly there are blessings that can come from being involved, a network of love and support, and having your material needs met. Yet none of these things, in and of themselves, is the qualifier as to whether you are blessed or whether God loves you or not.

In contrast, you are blessed. And you are loved. Not because of anything you’ve done or anything you have, but simply because you are a child of God and it is God’s nature to bless; it is who God is.

Furthermore, God operates in the realm of abundance, which means God’s blessings aren’t limited, nor on a first come, first serve basis.

This is certainly good news for us. So today, when you give thanks for the many blessings in your life, consider starting by thanking God for being a God of abundance and love.

Thank God for giving you what he knows you need, for having your best interests in mind, and for the fact that his blessings abound in ways we can and cannot see – both in our lives and in the lives of others.

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Kari van Wakeren is a pastor at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. She can be reached at kari.vanwakeren@firstlutheranalexandria.com and blogs at hiccupsandsomersaults.blogspot.com.

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