Second day into 2011, and I was wondering what to write or share. Truth be told, I have not had a lot to say these days. It snowed just before the New Year, which is OK, just means wearing warmer clothes when I go out. Was getting dressed for the meeting this morning, and realized that my sweater  and coat were bought when I was visiting Judy in Canada four years ago, with my first meeting with Rich in mind.

In fact, I had bought my boots in Israel, in preparation for the trip. I knew I’d be in Toronto and I had no boots since snow isn’t a winter item in Haifa. One day Judy, her sister Ros and I went shopping. I needed a nice winter coat and they took me to a very nice thrift shop where I got an amazing winter coat for only $20. Then we went shopping for sweaters so I’d be warm in Toronto. This Christmas Judy’s sister and brother-in-law sent me a lovely necklace (green and crystal like) along with some other special items.

So here I was this morning, wearing my boots, sweater, coat and necklace, thinking of Judy, her family, and remembering my first meeting with Rich. I didn’t do it on purpose, that is consciously… but who knows. And, as usual, I found myself drying tears as I drove.

During the worship we sang a song that spoke to depths of my soul, and really says it all. I think those who have not experienced grief don’t really understand that we find ourselves feeling happy, sad, missing our loved ones, thankful for them, and it is not something we can separate out. But as we sang this song, all I could do is sing it with my whole heart, because it was the truth… blessed be the Name of the Lord… no matter what. And so, as we face a new year, may it be one in which we all find ourselves blessing our wonderful God and Savior, thankful that we belong to Him… no matter what we face, may we find ourselves able to bless His name!

Blessed Be the Name by Matt Redman

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name