This week was very difficult for me. A dear friend, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, mentor and disciple of Christ died suddenly.  No way was I prepared for the news. Suddenly, she was gone.

Sadness, unbelief, questions, and fear… all wrapped in the reality of another friend’s departure from the world I know. As I reflected on the blessings of having known her and what she meant to so many, I wrestled with how there could possibly be anything to praise God for in this moment of my journey. After all, we are urged to give thanks to God in all things.  We are urged to thank him for each day and to look for the best in each situation.  I could see no good in this situation.

My own immortality loomed in perspective.  I was uncomfortable, uneasy, and apprehensive.  It seemed that so many people I  knew for many years were passing away.  Some that I had prayed for God to heal and leave with us a little longer, and some who died suddenly, yet death came. What was God saying?

Now, you may ask why I titled this piece Blessings. In the process of saying goodbye to a friend, she ministered to me through her life and gifts, and allowed God to bless me with a message so profound that I can not stop praising Him. During the celebration and home going service, a song taught to a child was performed, Blessings.   My friend had taught this song to her grandson, and he sang it for us.

God’s blessings are always present!

Blessings is taken from the CD -Walk With Me by Damaris Carbaugh.


3 thoughts on “Blessings

  1. Carolyn,
    I feel the same way you do. So many people that are my friends have died within the past few months and I too ask God what lessons am I to learn from them. Here are a couple I want to share. The first one is tied to the Sunday School lesson for February 22 entitled Clothed and Ready. We need to be clothed and ready to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone we meet and to be sure that we are clothed and ready to meet the Lord whenever He calls us home. The second one is that many times blessings from God come in unexpected ways and from unknown people. I just pray that I am more open, receptive and grateful for the multitude of blessings God bestows on me every day.
    Peace and blessings. .


  2. Carolyn,
    This ministered to me as I remember Richard as my classmate and old friend. I will cherish how much fun he was in high school and college. Such a great guy. You were such a beautiful couple. Great article. Cherish the good times and continue to give God praise through the rough times. Thanks for sharing.


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