Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14
Key verse: (3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Reflection: Count your blessings; name them one by one. Just last week we celebrated Thanksgiving and we reflected on our blessings. So often our prayers of gratitude focus on material blessings, sometimes extravagant ones and sometimes mundane daily needs. We are grateful for food, and shelter, and clothes to wear and money to pay our bills. We are also grateful for our health, our families, and our friends.
We acknowledge that all of those things belong to God and all of those things are gifts entrusted to us by God. But our gratitude to God cannot be solely about those things. Some of those aren’t promised to us in this life. We might face natural disaster or devastating grief. Can we be thankful then?
The writer begins this letter to the Ephesians with a customary opening prayer of thanksgiving. Today’s passage is one long sentence in the original Greek (imagine diagramming that one!). The blessings listed here are spiritual blessings. We have been chosen. We have been adopted by God and are part of God’s family. We have been redeemed, transformed by the power of love in Jesus Christ. We have been included in God’s plan and gathered up in Christ. We have a spiritual inheritance of wisdom and abundant life.
Count your blessings today, focusing on the spiritual blessings God has given you. No disaster, no diagnosis, no trauma, no grief can take away those spiritual blessings. You are God’s child. You belong to God and God is with you on the journey.
Prayer: Dear Lord, deepen my faith and my trust in You. Give me wisdom to discern what really matters in my life and transform me with gratitude for every spiritual blessing You have given me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].