Category Archives: Blessings

Judged for failing to enjoy

There’s an old Jewish saying that we’ll be judged for all the good things God has given that we failed to appreciate. It reminds me of the traveller who met an old priest high in the mountains, who told him … Continue reading

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Happiness is not the same as fun

Dr Vera Ranki, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, said that the first lesson towards achieving happiness is to realize that happiness is not the same as fun. In our desperate pursuit of happiness we often forget that when we … Continue reading

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There’s something about being a volunteer

When I was a volunteer firefighter our bushfire brigade would respond enthusiastically to fire calls at all times of the day or night. I remember one chilly winter night being called to a house fire to assist the professional fire … Continue reading

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In every obstacle there’s an opportunity

There’s an old legend of a king who had a boulder placed on a highway and left there to see if anyone would remove it. A number of important people came by and squeezed past, complaining about the way the … Continue reading

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‘Bless those who curse you’

As a teenager Lizzie Velasquez, horrified, watched a YouTube video titled ‘World’s Ugliest Woman,’ including comments that said: ‘What a monster’ and ‘Why didn’t her parents just abort her.’ The video was about her. Lizzie was born with a condition … Continue reading

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‘When one’s expectations are reduced to zero’

Stephen Hawking, considered by many to be the most intelligent man on earth, suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease and, for years unable to speak, has been confined to a wheelchair, where he can do little more than sit and think. … Continue reading

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‘Beautiful music is the art of the prophets.’

Those of us who live with teenagers know that music can cause intense suffering. But despite this, music is one of our most accessible sources of blessing. Martin Luther said: ‘Beautiful music is the art of the prophets.’ And speaking … Continue reading

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Wealth is in the mind

According to the LA Times you need a net worth of ten million dollars to be able to call yourself rich; that’s how much you’d need today to match the lifestyle of the average nineteen twenty five millionaire. Paradoxically, a … Continue reading

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Prayers that become a curse

The ancient Greeks had a story about Aurora the goddess of the dawn, who fell in love with Tithonus, a mortal youth. So Zeus the king of the gods, offered her any gift she might choose for her lover; and … Continue reading

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Eyes that do not see, ears that do not hear

A few years ago the Washington Post arranged for Joshua Bell, a world renowned musician, but dressed in jeans, T shirt and a baseball cap, to play a Stradivarius violin worth more than three million dollars outside the subway. Hundreds … Continue reading

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