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Everyday Blessings

Missionary Benjamin Weir was held hostage in Lebanon and imprisoned under miserable conditions for sixteen months. In his first interview after his release, he was asked how he spent his time and how he dealt with the boredom and despair. His answer stunned the reporters. He simply said, "Counting my blessings.  ""Blessings?" they responded. "Yes," he explained. "Some days I got to take a shower. Sometimes there were some vegetables in my food. And I could always be thankful for the love of my family." We can understand why the reporters were astonished. It's hard for most of us to be consistently thankful for the commonplace blessings that make life pleasant and comfortable—the unfailing supply of our daily needs, the provision of food and shelter, the companionship of friends and families. There are times when we may even forget the wonderful mercies of God's redeeming grace. Paul and Silas, though they were beaten, thrown into prison, and placed in stocks, were still "singing hymns unto God" (Acts 16:25). May we learn from them, and from Benjamin Weir, to count our blessings no matter what our circumstances. We have many reasons to rejoice.  Are you ever burdened with a load of care?  Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings, ev'ry doubt will fly,  And you will be singing as the days go by. —Oatman

"A faithful man shall abound with blessings." —Proverbs 28:20

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