Counting Blessings and Numbering Days

Now that many of us have reached that wonderful threescore and ten [70] years , some now past fourscore [80], I wonder if we have, as yet, learned how to count our blessings. I find I am still in the learning process.

Counting can be a productive activity. It takes very little energy, thus it is kind to an aging body. It doesn’t cause strained muscles, neither is it taxing on poor eyesight. It can be done most easily in the comfort of a lounge chair or sitting on a porch swing.

We could begin with the blessing of God and his plan of salvation, friends, and a home with food and other comforts. These simple things are the most obvious and they’re easy to count. Then I must count the freedom of speech and its choices and try to number those blessings of choice.

Recently, I have added to this basic list the blessing of a clear mind and a gift of forgetfulness. I find this blessing a great way to move mountains, especially mountains of disturbing memories. It can be done with a tiny bit of faith and a generous portion of will. The results are especially rewarding at the end of the day as I lay my body down and rest my head on my pillow and recite, “Now I lay me down to sleep.”

Count your days like jumping sheep, and, soon enough, you’ll be asleep.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

(Psalm 90:12)

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