Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sacred Life Sunday: Blessings and Poverty

I wanted to write today to tell you how much I appreciate all of my blessings, especially each one of you. I was talking to a friend yesterday and I told her that my most prized possession is my laptop, because it is a major way that I connect and interface with the world, with all of you.

As I watch the coverage of Haiti, I am reminded that even just in the stability of our country right now, even in the fact that we have food and water and a clean bed to sleep in (let alone new sheets), even in these little things, we are very blessed. We have so much! Our health, our jobs (or our ability to get a new job), our families (biological or chosen), a clear mind, being able to walk and feed ourselves--we each have so much that we take for granted.

Today I am focusing on not taking the foundation of abundance in my life for granted.

And praying for those who are in need.

Today I am reminded of those who are in spiritual poverty also. People who are searching for spiritual life. People whose spirituality is fear-based or even hate-based. They are in need too.

May we all--all--be blessed and have our needs met.

~Photo by LoveHubbie Mark

9 comments:

Melita said...

you are SO right. we are so incredibly lucky and blessed. i am grateful i net you and one day i hope to meet you ;) hugs!!

laundrygirl said...

We are indeed blessed.

Kim Mailhot said...

That thought has been ringing in my head all week - We are so very blessed and I am so thankful. Sending those loving prayers...
Happy Sunday !

patti said...

Yes Olivia, you are absoutely right. Appreciating my home and food and bed and that my children are safe and well. Appreciating our connection very much too! And saying prayers along with you xx

thailandchani said...

Funny. I was thinking about the very same thing. Even though I am technically below the federal "poverty line", I still have a very abundant life. I shop at Trader Joe's. I have full-spectrum cable. I have a computer and a cell phone. Being a compulsive bargain shopper, I have more clothes than most people at 3X my income. I have a car and a safe place to live. When compared to so many people in the world who don't even have clean drinking water, I have absolutely *nothing* to complain about. Ever.

It's good to keep these things in perspective. Really.

It's not about consumerism as much as it's about being assured that our basic needs are met - and then some. Of course one natural disaster could change that.


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Kate said...

Great Post Olivia! So well said.

kikipotamus said...

Amen, we are truly blessed. I join you in holding the people of Haiti in my heart.

Jane said...

A big amen to that, sister!

Jane said...

Just coming back to let you know that I gave you an award over at my blog today! Happy Friday, O!