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Clergy Corner: Blessed to Be A Blessing

Blessed to be a Blessing
When you say you are blessed, what are the circumstances that surround this? New babies? New car? Abundant crop? God has gifted you with wonderful things. However, you are really “gifted.” I recently read a blog post about this very concept of being blessed. In the blog post it pointed to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. Have you read them recently? If not, pull out a Bible and take a look.
It says “blessed” are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, persecuted, and the insulted. Now when was the last time you were insulted that you said “I am so blessed?” When seemingly bad things happen, do you respond with “I am so blessed?”
As we enter into a time of Thanksgiving, we want to remember those things that have blessed us so wonderfully. I want you to truly look at all of your blessings as scripture describes them. Jaime, the blog writer mentioned earlier, wrote “We’ve created a culture in which we measure God’s ‘blessings’ in terms of dollars and cents, comfort and pleasure, wealth and well-being.” We measure happiness. “God’s blessing is presence.” Emmanuel- “God with us.”
I want to tell you that even in the moments that are full of hurting, grief, and loneliness we are not alone. Matthew 5 says blessed are they for they shall be…Look it up! We are not left to depend on ourselves. We are blessed by presence. Now the question is what do we do with our blessings? Here are some suggestions:
Sit in the presence of God, thanking the Creator for all of your Blessings.
Share the blessings with others who are struggling. Be the presence of Christ in their life.
Give in the abundance that you have.
The Parkston Ministerial Association sees many of the needs hidden in this community. We see those who are struggling with unspoken “blessings.” We are collecting money this November to help those in need in our community. We are also gathering together to count our blessings November 26th at 7:00pm at Memorial Baptist. We will worship God with us, take an offering to bless those in need, and share our blessings together over pie and ice cream.
You have been blessed to be a blessing… to be God’s presence.

From Matthew 5:
He said:
 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted. 
 Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
 Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.