Read Psalm 104: 1-8, 35b
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
I often sign off on emails with the word, "blessings." The term has a nice, comfortable, even peaceful feeling to it. Closing a bit of correspondence this way is a reminder to us to see the blessings we receive and to be a blessing to others.
Bishop Desmond Tutu reminds us to "Laugh more. Don't forget to enjoy the blessings that God bestows on this beautiful planet." I've noticed lately that our staff meetings, worship planning sessions, and more are filled with lots of laughter. Our work is serious but it's been really cool to see how much fun we have while putting together the next worship service or dreaming about the year ahead. Yes, it is a blessing to serve with these amazing folks.
Laughter can be found everywhere. In the beautiful creation poem found in Genesis 1, God blesses whales, birds, and every living creature that moves. Human beings are created in the next verse and God blesses them as well. I've always liked to believe that at the beginning of time there was a burst of holy and blessed laughter that filled the universe. How else can you explain something as wonderfully weird as a platypus?
Laughter is not the only way to experience blessing but today I'm going to note every smile I see and thank God for the sweet and simple blessing that it is.
Prayer: God of blessing, smile on me today as I seek to serve you. Amen.