Finding the Blessings
by Nancy Bowers, RScP
God is. In the beauty of nature, God is. In the death of a loved one, God is. In the resistance to what is, in the acceptance of what is, God remains – Steady, Loving, Supportive, Kind, Generous, Peaceful, indeed, All Goodness. In the midst of all of life, God remains and, in this moment, I pause to remember that the Truth of that Divine Essence is Unfettered Awesomeness for Its core is Pure Love and Support. The Truth of God is so amazingly Good that even though I sometimes fail to notice, all circumstances are brimming with blessings. Whatever is happening may not align with my preferences, but that in no way indicates God’s absence. Although I may want things to be otherwise, I cannot allow those preferences to block my awareness of Love’s presence. For God is Love and God is Here and God is Now.
I breathe in awareness. In this moment, right here, right now, I pause and return to center. I recognize that what God is, I am. That which God is, you are. There is no separation. My mind may whisper that there are differences, it may try to use that as justification for judgment and condemnation, but in the silence when I stop to breathe in the Love that is everywhere, all ideas of right and wrong, good and bad fall away and I am left with God: with Good, with Loving Kindness.
There in the heart of Loving Kindness, I surrender. I surrender to Divine Wisdom that sees the benefit in what to me may appear as heartache. I allow God’s Omniscience to guide me. I trust that blessings are everywhere and invite Spirit to help me experience them as such. In this moment, I declare that I experience life as a blessing. Always. I allow the goodness that is present to ravage me with laughter, to suck me out of my seriousness, to discard my worry and love me up with FUN. I affirm that whatever happens is a blessing and that I love it all. Even things I want to resist, even the things I want to turn away from. I allow all of it to wash me in God’s Love. I bless what is. I declare the same for each person reading this prayer – a life full of experiences that feel like the blessings they are. All heartache falls away. All that remains are blessings, blessings, blessings. I affirm that all the blessings that seemed bitter melt into sweetness and erupt into gratitude.
For I am thankful. Even the broken places knit together their underlying wholeness and find God’s Love beating its strong medicine. I am grateful to be healed. I am grateful to be swaddled in the Divine, where I am at home in Love and soothed at last. I am grateful for all the help I receive from the other side. I give thanks for it daily.
Then I let go. I surrender to God’s Wisdom and allow the blessings to swallow me whole. I live in the belly of Love. And so, it is. Amen.