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Charlotte Lankard: Create your own blessings and find opportunities to bless one another, particularly during the holiday season.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman Modified: November 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm •  Published: November 19, 2012

“Hello there, may you feel there is a blessing just around the corner meant for you,” writes my friend BJo.

Now that the economy is in a slump, BJo thinks there might be a connection between the economy and fewer people recognizing blessings.

She also believes that rather than thinking we have to wait for God to bless us, perhaps what He might want is for us is to create our own blessings for ourselves or for one another.

As I ponder this unusual email, I find I rather like the idea of creating our own blessings and finding opportunities to bless one another. It's also a good time of year to begin the practice because Thanksgiving and blessings go together.

A blessing might be the prayer that is offered before the big dinner. A blessing could be the invitation to someone to join you who might otherwise be dining alone.

It may be a word of approval or encouragement, giving of yourself with your time and attention, making the sign of the cross upon or over someone, or simply saying, “God Bless You.”

A blessing can be a reminder to savor some quiet moments in the midst of the hurriedness of the season. One family does this by creating a Blessing Tree.

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