Blessed in Every Way

Blessed in Every Way

Today’s Scripture Selection: Genesis 24:1

“Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.”

I have members of the congregation I serve who certainly qualify as being “well advanced in years.”  Some are in their nineties – God bless them!

Others in my congregation are just getting started in this adventure known as life.  They are just a few years old.  But even at this early age, sometimes they speak like wise old prophets.  God bless them too!

I love the fact that, if we look for it, we can find examples of how God is actively blessing people of all ages and circumstances.  Wise old Abraham isn’t the only one who can claim he has been blessed in every way.  We are too.

Unfortunately, some begin to live life in such a way that denies this.

Either because of hardship, illness, disappointment, poverty, conflict, or some other malady they start to live as if they are somehow cursed, not blessed.

But I believe that for most of us – the evidence proves that we are far more often blessed than cursed.

So, whatever your age, give thanks and as the old hymn puts it, “Count your blessings, count them one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done!”

It may sound corny to some – but I believe it is a chorus of praise we should offer regularly to the God who is the source of each and every blessing – at any age!

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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