Blessings I have been wanting to share a little bit from my pastors sermon last week, because I thought that it gave a different perspective on things that I hadn't thought about before. The sermon was on God's blessings. The scripture verse is Luke 2: 25-35. I won't quote it all here, just part of it. In this scripture, Simeon was told by the holy spirit that he would see Christ before he dies and then Simeon meets Mary, Joseph, and Jesus as a child. When he sees them he is overjoyed, and he pronounces a blessing on them. The scripture says, " And Joseph and His mother Mary marveled at those things which were spoken of him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, ' Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.' ." My pastor was talking about how this blessing was unlike what we think about in terms of a blessing. He said that can you imagine someone meeting your child and first saying wonderful things, and then suddenly giving a blessing that is full of bad things. In today's time, we tend to think of a blessing being only the good things. When people have things going well for them, we look at them and say that they are really blessed. In reality, a blessing contains both good and bad things. The pastor went on to say that a true blessing is one that accomplishes God's will in our lives. This includes both the good and bad. Sometimes the bad is necessary. Just because someone is going through a bad time, it doesn't mean that they don't have God's blessing, or that they are not in God's will. Jesus went through trials and temptations and ultimately was beaten and crucified on a cross for a crime that he never committed. And that was all part of God's blessing in his life. It is through both the bad and the good that God's blessings shine. Anyhow, I enjoyed this different perspective that my pastor gave last week. I hope I explained it all right. It's hard to summarize a sermon in just a few paragraphs.