blessed to be a blessing

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It hit me as I journaled this morning, I have been blessed.  Those of us who gather with family and celebrate this Thanksgiving with food have been blessed.  Those of us with homes and closets filled to the brim have been blessed.  Most of us in the United States own a vehicle (some more than one), we have access to clean water, medicine, and education.  We are free.

We have been blessed.

That being so, we have a responsibility.  To help those in need.  We are God’s hands and feet and He has blessed us to be a blessing.

Every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  – James 1:17

From the fullness of God’s grace we have all received one blessing after another.  – John 1:16

A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.  – Proverbs 22:9

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?  Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.  – 1 John 3:17-18

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.  Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people from one another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.  The the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, …’ – Matthew 25:31-46

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.  – Philippians 2:3

As you take time to celebrate all you are grateful for this Thanksgiving, consider those less fortunate.  Someone outside of your cozy sphere.  What could you do to make an impact on the life of a stranger?  How might God be blessing you to bless someone else?  How might you be a light in the midst of someone else’s storm?

Show your gratitude by reaching out!

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