Richly Blessed

As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all, and richly blesses all who call on him. Romans 10:11–12

There is a wonderful old hymn entitled Count Your Blessings written by Edwin Othello Excell in the late 1890’s. The closing words of the first verse are:

Count your many blessings,
Name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

The words of this familiar hymn ring in my head for days after we sing it during a Sunday morning worship service. The words are a vivid reminder of what the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome as evidenced in today’s passage. “The same Lord is Lord of all, and richly blesses all who call on him.” These words are as true today as they were when Paul wrote them to the church in Rome nearly 2000 years ago.

We often forget how blessed we truly are especially during the difficult times that often arise in our lives. Alzheimer’s disease can certainly be considered one of those extraordinarily difficult and distressing times that clouds one’s life. It can be devastating but it doesn’t mean God’s rich blessings no longer flow in your life.

The closing words of this famous hymn always remind me I’m not alone in my battle with Alzheimer’s disease:

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

I find comfort in the simple truth God is Lord over all things to include Alzheimer’s disease. I am truly grateful that His angels attend to me daily, His Holy Spirit guides me, and His Holy Word comforts me as I journey through this valley. Because of God’s grace, love, and mercy, I know I will not be alone and He will provide me help, comfort, and rich blessings all the days of my life!

If you are struggling with some form of dementia or some other serious situation, call on Him today. Then you will come to realize that He is Lord of All and He richly blesses all who call upon Him!

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