July 13: Blessing

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world,
and those who live in it…”

Psalm 24

The setting was Birmingham, England, a training session regarding community organizing.  I invited Chris to stand in front with me to demonstrate an exercise in self-affirmation.  To the group I said, “I am going to give Chris a compliment. She is to affirm the compliment and then say ‘and, furthermore’ and give herself a second compliment.”

The exercise is called “And Furthermore” for obvious reasons.  Chris, English and talented, laughed with embarrassment when I gave her a public compliment. “Chris, you are good at listening to other people.”  Blushing she said, “Yes I am, and furthermore, I am a talented community organizer.”  In the group, pairs were formed for the “And Furthermore” exercise.  Laughter, a few tears, and much conversation flowed.

Our lives are overflowing with blessings, including positive realities about ourselves. Like an ever-flowing fountain our blessings pour forth.  Claim the blessings.  Join with the whole creation in celebration of life.

by Art Gafke
Photo credit: Victorian Square interactive fountain, Sparks, Nevada

As you go about your day, keep your eyes open.
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