who walks in his ways!
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the Lord.
The Lord bless you from Zion!
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life!
May you see your children's children!
Peace be upon Israel! Psalm 128
As we get ready for the Fourth of July, I am keenly aware of the many blessings we have been given in this country. We have been given much and can live without fear in most places. I am also aware of how previous generations have used their liberty and freedoms to take the land of others and destroy people and ways of life. With blessings come responsibility.
The Psalmist reminds of today of God's blessings, and although his sentiments might seem archaic, his heart rings true. When we honor God and respect the people, there is a sense of profound blessing in the midst of our family and community. When we put God and others first, we cannot help but understand the richness and abundance we have received.
Today, I ask God to help me see the multitude of blessings in my life. May we all put God and others first so that our hearts and minds might be opened to the myriad of blessings that surround us today.