Unexpected blessings have been abundant this last week.

As I write this, Christmas is still days away. No doubt, this year has seen many people with troubles of every kind — financial, health, tragedy, any kind of trouble you can imagine.

God is always blessing us, but perhaps we are more “tuned in” to the blessings when times are tough. When we are in the midst of a struggle, tragedy or some turmoil from which we feel we can’t escape.

I know personally I received some news one day I perceived as ominous and dreadful. Not 30 minutes later, I received a card in the mail from a friend. The card simply stated, “God can do all things for you ... but fail.”

It lifted my spirits, but the devil wasn’t through working on me. I still felt robbed of all my joy, had no sense of peace. At that point, God sent a person to minister to me who, through their own battles with Satan, could give me guidance others could not.

I have heard stories just in one day of blessings borne despite tragedy, even death. Of financial provisions in answer to prayer in the exact amount needed, sent via U.S. Mail, no less!

Stories about blessings of groceries, coupons, cash, healing, good biopsy reports, you name it, have come my way today. God is indeed good. It is also completely awesome that some of the people were blessed while in the midst of attempting to bless someone else.

I’ve worried this would be a dismal Christmas, in light of Dad being gone, and other troubles in my life. What God has shown me this Christmas season is that He sent his only Son to die for me — a wretched, pathetic sinner. One who sins, sins, and sins some more. Yet God still loves me — unconditionally. I don’t even have to earn it.

And if I will take my focus off my troubles (which is Satan working on my feeble brain), and instead, focus on my many blessings — things have a way of looking incredibly different.

Blessings are like salvation, in that they are undeserved. I don’t deserve any blessings, yet they continue to happen, because that is how my Lord loves.

I am blessed pretty much daily by people I get to meet through my job. The week before Christmas, I met a young lady, only 21, who has been raising her siblings alone since she was 18. You may have read her story in these pages in our Christmas Eve paper. This young lady not only went to school, but held down a job, and cared for her siblings. She has the most beautiful, peaceful countenance, and radiant smile — and I think is a blessing to everyone she meets. I know she was to me.

You never know when you might be a blessing to someone else — have a chance to show the love of Jesus. For my New Year’s resolution, I plan to be more attuned to the needs of others.

I sincerely hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas — and received some blessings of your own. And may there be more blessings in 2010.

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Deanna Brown is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of “Explore.” Her column appears on Sundays. She may be contacted via e-mail at deanna@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? E-mail soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com.

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