A dear friend recently challenged me to consider a "theology of blessing."
The nearest I've come to understanding comes from Matt Redmon's song:
Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Because I see God's blessing clearest in a time of darkness. These past few months have been a time of darkness, physically and financially.
At the same time, God has blessed me abundantly. With friends who support me with prayers, friendship, visits, cards--time. With a series of small miracles, that I have in less than a month made more progress than my physical therapist thought was possible the first day he worked with me.
With enabling me to finish two book edits, land another contract, and make progress on finishing the next books that are due. Oh, yes, and sending out more proposals.
With readers who have honored me with personal emails, blog posts, and book reviews talking about how my writing has touched them--the reason why I write. Opening doors to readers who don't share my faith, who like my writing.
Which is it? Blessing or trial? Glass half empty or half full?
With Redmon, I will affirm "Blessed be the name of the Lord!"
P.S. If you want to know more details of those trials, you only have to check out my Facebook postings and prayers requests on several loops.
P.S.S. If you missed out on my book giveaway a couple of weeks ago, let me know if you're still interest.