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Knowing you are blessed

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By Louis Abel

Just recently I was talking with one of my church members and she said, “I know I am so blessed. I know I am.”
What she was talking about was the fact that she had raised four healthy children, who are each a credit to the world. She was surrounded by most of them at a family function and the sheer size and number of the group was humbling.   
She has grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they all think of “Grandma” and she knows that each of them love her.  She has had reasonable good health, has a nice home, has things that keep her busy each day, and most of all she has her faith-life.
She knows that she is a child of God and that heaven will be her home someday.
How fortunate for her!   
How incredible it would be if everyone was so blessed, and so lucky.  Now ... she was not saying that her life was without problems, she did not say that everything was perfect in her existence.  But what she did say was that the Lord had blessed her so much and she knew that He would continue to do so.
What else can make life so complete, so satisfying for the believer.  Secure in the knowledge that with every step that we take that our Lord is looking out for us, that He is guarding us from harm, that He is keeping our loved ones safe.
 As we look into our world today, we see the economic misfortunes, the international society that is crumbling, problems here and abroad, and I can’t help but think, “How could this be different if all these individuals had the Lord in their lives?”  
How would our world be different if people and nations looked to Him, and realizing that they were so blessed, and instead of fighting and arguing with each other, and that they looked for ways to support each other?
 I am so blessed!
Those words have been echoing with me for a while now.  Let us all count our blessings instead of numbering our problems
“Trust in the Lord with all your  heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
Louis Abel is pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chiefland.