Monday Musings

One of my church mothers used to sing “Count Your Blessings” all the time.  It’s an old hymn, usually reserved for Thanksgiving and old-time hymn sings.  It pops up and gets stuck in my head often.  Written by Johson Oatman, Jr. in 1897, it tells us to count what God is doing and reminds us that we will be surprised by what we discover God has done.   

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

The typical response regarding the arrival of “Monday” isn’t usually cheers.  Monday is a back to work, back to the grind kind of day for many people.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine feeling that way–feeling dread about a fresh new day.  I thought I would cheer about today and share a few reasons for being excited about a Monday morning:

  • the sunshine and birds singing
  •  remembering all the people who walked up to me on Sunday and offered to volunteer to work on the Middle School Service Week
  • thankful for the Appalachia Service Project Team 2010 and how well everyone worked together serving the Cass Community Social Services community in Detroit over the weekend
  • experiencing “body farkling” at Common Ground youth group last night (you’ll just have to ask someone about that!)
  • having the best Youth Council volunteers anyone could hope for
  • having a freshly painted bathroom in the parsonage (thank you Dennis!)
  • getting a request from a granddaughter to make cupcakes for her classmates to celebrate her birthday in October (she likes to plan ahead)
  • watching a nest of robins hatch, grow, and move on under the protection of our front porch awning
  • thinking about two babies baptized in worship yesterday and how they will grow and move on in God’s grace
  • rejoicing at the opportunity to share in this grace journey with my Nardin Park church family, and now with the addition of Leon, Carolyn, Patti, and Cathy!
  • preparing for a trip to Adrian this week to participate inthe Detroit Annual Conference and connecting with friends and colleagues
  • celebrating my husband’s birthday before I go
  • not knowing exactly what today will bring!

Here’s hoping you’ll find God’s blessings in your Monday list, even a to-do list!

Yours in the journey, Susan