God Bless You … if you can handle it

My wife posted the following insight on Facebook today.  It really made me think, as did the sermon that inspired it.  It is worth pondering on the first day of Advent.

What does being “blessed” mean? I’ve struggled with the definition of this term for a few years now because while we use it often to say that God has blessed with good fortune or health (or even something as inane as a good parking space), what about those who aren’t blessed with a job, or who aren’t healed from an illness? What about the family that loses a baby to miscarriage? Are they not equally as blessed by God?

During the sermon this morning, Pastor Adam told us how Mary’s cousin Elizabeth told her that she was blessed because she was carrying the child of God. And while we all say, “Yes! Absolutely, this is a blessing,” Pastor Adam reminded us that Mary was faced with being stoned for her unplanned pregnancy, faced with losing her fiance, faced with raising a son who was quite different than all the other children, and eventually would see her son die in a most awful way.

So, as followers of Christ, we may be “blessed,” but we also carry a burden. A burden of giving, loving EVERYONE, and walking the narrow path.

I’m not advocating that we stop using the word blessed, but I have been thinking hard about it’s meaning for awhile now, and this morning’s sermon didn’t exactly clear it up for me. Gosh darn it, made me think some more.

May you be blessed this Advent season … if you are up for it.

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