WE SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE OUR BLESSINGS
Dream inspired version of what happens in Heaven
A man dreamt that he went to Heaven and an angel was showing him around. They walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. The angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, "This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received."
The visitor looked around the area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.
Then the pair moved on down a long corridor until they reached the second section. The angel then explained "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, graces and blessings requested through prayers are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." The man again noticed how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.
Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor they stopped at the door of a very small station. To the man's great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section," the angel guide quietly admitted. He seemed embarrassed. "How is it that there is no work going on here?" the man asked.
"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments."
"How does one acknowledge God's blessings?" the man asked.
"Simple," the angel answered. "Just say: Thank you, Lord."
"What blessings should they acknowledge?" was the next obvious question.
The angel was quick with one last answer before disappearing down the corridor: "If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75 per cent of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top eight per cent of the world's wealthy. That is a good place to begin with an acknowledgement of your blessings."
So dear reader, if you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day. If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation...you are ahead of 700 million people in the world. Be a thankful acknowledger!
If you can attend a place of worship without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world. If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you are unique to all those in doubt and despair. Be a thankful acknowledger!
If you can actually read this Wrights Lane post, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all. Be a thankful acknowledger!
Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you want, pass this along to remind everyone else of how blessed we all are to be living in this great country of ours. Help give that solitary acknowledgment angel something to do!