May is our month of blessing. Our Bay Shore Yacht Club Event for May was on the 17th, the day after St. Brandon’s Day. St. Brandon is one of the patron saints of the sea and sailors. For the Blessing of The Fleet, we meet at Peter and Jill’s and have a beautiful day and celebrate our boats, community and embrace the blessings showered down upon us from our Father. Good food, good time, good family and good blessings!
There’s an interesting thing about blessings. Most of my ministry deals with blessings. Besides blessing the fleet and any other craft that people need blessed, I marry, bury and baptize, not necessarily in that order, but it is what I do. All of it, every part of my ministry, deals with blessing and celebrating life. You see, a life truly lived is a life that is blessed.
As a minister, I’m often asked to bless this or that or who or whom and I’m always happy to do it. What we need to remember though is that we are already blessed. We are blessed beyond measure. Our Father shines down his blessing whether we want to accept it or not. This is the true blessing. The Blessing that is upon us whether we believe it, understand it or even if we think all this “God stuff” is a bunch of horse hockey. We are wholly and completely blessed whether we like it or not!
How can this be? Doesn’t God just bless the good guys and damn the rest? Don’t we have to prostrate ourselves and grovel for His Love?
No, we don’t!
God showers his Love upon us more than we can possibly conceive. He does this whether we are paying attention or not. The key here is that we need to allow God into our lives. Who are we, you ask, to allow God to do anything? We really aren’t, nor could we, restrict God in any way whatsoever. The point is that He gives all the Light and Love there is, it is up to us to accept it. Some people may have issues with this because the may feel that God has restrictions on His Love. The Truth is that He doesn’t! He is much bigger than that! It is up to us to accept His Love and allow it to work through us to everyone’s benefit.
We can think of it like the sun. The sun shines on us no matter who we are or how we act or even if we don’t believe in the sun! It is there giving us all the energy it has to give and doesn’t ask for anything in return. We can ignore it or we can tap into this resource and reap its benefits.
God’s Love is similar. If we are mindful of His Love we can reap the benefits of this amazing and wonderful gift! All of the worship, the rituals, prayers and the music is all to give thanks and remembrance to this gift of Unconditional Love that is already ours, if we were to bring it into our hearts.
The really amazing and wonderful part is this. When we do bring Him into our hearts we will discover that He is already there! Always was and always will be. This is the Alpha and Omega, the now and forever, the Infinite. This is the Love that is Love beyond measure and it is all for us, always and forever!
Pretty cool, right? I am not being flippant or take this lightly although Light is a major part of the big picture. The thing we need to do is be so mindful of this Love that we go through life with a smile on our face because the experience of this Love is almost overwhelming.
It may sound like I’m preaching but I am the chaplain and I am laying the foundation for the rest of this piece. We need to be mindful of all the gifts we receive throughout our lives. We must celebrate life!
To truly celebrate life we must be mindful of the blessings that we receive in abundance; blessings that come to us all the time. So, some of you might say, “How can I believe that there are blessings on me, look at all the crap I have to deal with!” I say to you, look to all of the things that you have in your life and you will see that the blessings out weigh the crap. If we really pay attention then we will find blessings all around us and they are precious and abundant. The beauty in nature is the first that comes to my mind but the beauty in a smile, a hug, a kind gesture, given or received. All of these and more are blessings that we can easily experience but often overlook.
But what about the intangible blessings that we experience? These are the feelings that we have when we do get that smile or thank you or the “I love you.” These are some of the blessings that don’t have a tangible aspect. We need to start being mindful of all the blessings that we have in our lives because when we do our lives will open up to such beauty and an inner peace that only the experience of it will help you to understand it.
Being mindful of our blessings will open up a world where life is good. There is real love to be had and shared and life to be celebrated! Never short change a small blessing as being unimportant or fluff. There are those who think that all of this stuff is trivial. There are also some who feel that connecting with this deep Love is to be serious and reverent. Yes that is correct but not in a groveling sense. It is too important NOT to take it in with a joyous heart. It is to be lived full out and enjoyed and celebrated. This is why I always say, “Let us lift up our hearts to the Lord!” He wants to see our shining faces, he wants to see the joy in our hearts. He wants to see that we are glad to be here to share His Love and Light!
We must celebrate each day and take His blessings into our hearts and express them in a way that honors Him. The more we share the more we have to share and the better we all will be for it. Life is meant to be lived, cried and laughed out loud. So get out and do it, you will feel better for it and so will everyone else!
Peace, Love and Coconuts!
s/v Margaret Elizabeth