“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world,
and those who live in it…”
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.
What does “Blessing” look like to you?
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