Count Your Many Blessings is Covenant’s theme for our Stewardship emphasis this fall.
It reminds me of how proud my grandchildren are to show me how high they can count. Why is it, as we get older, we lose the wonder of learning new things? Why is it that we come to take so much for granted; the homes we live in that are warm in winter and cool in summer; simply being able to breathe in and out; the beauty of the world around us, on fire with fall colors right now; the freedoms we live and enjoy each day—freedom to worship, freedom of speech, freedom to vote for our leaders, freedom to live where and how we choose. What if any one of those things suddenly was no longer there? What would we do, and how would we live?
We should never take life, freedom, or the blessings we enjoy for granted. We are especially aware, in our time of national crisis with the world struggling through a rampant virus, that all the things and abilities we assume are ours, and secure, that our future may suddenly be gone in the death of a loved one, a threatening illness, the loss of freedom and democracy, if we neglect to guard and protect those privileges. When we are stressed, when we are threatened, we must remember the source of all those blessings is God’s provident grace—not because we are worthy or have earned what we have, but because we are loved and blessed.
“What shall I return to God for all the blessings I have received?” wonders the psalmist. “I will call on the name of the Lord and lift up my voice in praise and worship” is his answer, and ours.
We invite you, in the coming weeks, to count your many blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings and see what God has done. Then return your thanks by giving of your time, your re-sources, and your prayers in support of Covenant Church so that the many blessings of our beautiful sanctuary and our uplifting worship, our programs and mission may continue to be a blessing for our congregation, our community, and the world around us. Now, more than ever, we need our witness to the gospel of Christ, and the love of God, spread in our world! Now, more than ever, we need God’s ho-ly empowering spirit to fill us and use us.
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God our Father, there is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not. As thou hast been thou forever will be.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth; Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow; Blessings all mine, with ten thousand besides.
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see!
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me.