First Sunday of Christmas, Year A

Inspired by Isaiah 63:7-9

“I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.”  Isaiah 63:7 (NRSV)

We have so many blessings in our lives it’s easy to take them for granted and fail to recognize how much God has done for us.  But when we actually take the time to account for his deeds, we begin to realize just how gracious he’s been to us.

Make a list.  Put everything on it that you’re grateful for.  It may be difficult at first; start small and simple.  Do you have a home to protect you from the elements?  Put that down.  Is there anything in your home that brings you comfort, like a favorite chair or a collection of books?  Those count.  How about family or friends who provide you companionship and support?  Each one is an individual blessing.

As you begin to write your list, you’ll find it’s easier and easier to come up with more items to put on it.  You’ll be surprised by just how much you have to be thankful for.  Recognize that each of those items is a blessing from God, and praise him for his mercy.  Then look at how many people you’ve listed, and go out and share his abundance with others.  Perhaps you’ll end up on someone else’s list, grateful that God put you in their lives.

Let us pray.  Praiseworthy God, you have blessed us out of the abundance of your steadfast love.  Inspire us to share your blessings with others, that all may be aware of your generosity and care.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.