Every good gift comes from God

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS - ~ Con­trib­uted by Fa­ther Line Abil­gos of St Michael’s Catholic Church, on be­half of the Com­bined Churches of De­niliquin.

“Every good and per­fect gift is from above, com­ing down from the Fa­ther of the heav­enly lights, who does not change like shift­ing shad­ows,” 1 Chron­i­cles 16:11-12.

Last Christ­mas, some of my friends told me, “time is quick, we’re al­most at the end of the year now”. Some days more, “it’s the begin­ning of an­other year’’.

Yes! It’s new year to­day — the old days are gone and the new day be­gins.

I re­mem­ber the words of the fa­mous writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, once he wrote, “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow be­hind’’.

No-one can stop the wings of time, but les­sons, mem­o­ries and gifts left be­hind.

As we be­gin this year, let’s start count­ing the bless­ings and gifts we re­ceived from the Lord.

Let us pause for a while and re­flect on this beau­ti­ful pas­sage of the book of Chron­i­cles, “Every good gift is from above, com­ing down from the Fa­ther . . . ”.

Yes, it all comes from God; even the life we en­joy now. Every breath we take is a pre­cious gift to trea­sure and nur­ture every day.

Bless­ings are al­ways more pre­cious than the pains of the past. Pains are sto­ries of the past and we can­not re-write them any more, it’s all les­sons to be learned and we can turn them into a bless­ing.

Ralph Waldo Emer­son once said, “Guard your spare mo­ments. They are like un­cut di­a­monds. Dis­card them and their value will never be known. Im­prove them and they will be­come the bright­est gems in a use­ful life’’.

Life is a per­fect gift from God, to be trea­sured and nur­tured every day.

Each mo­ment is pre­cious, don’t waste it. Use it for a pur­pose — God’s pur­pose.

As we be­gin this year, let us find time for si­lence and ask our­selves, ‘‘What was the big­gest waster in your life last year?’’.

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