This was posted on a local church sign. Many people would sigh and think "oh, that's nice." Me? I was irked and shook my head. Really - you only want to offer blessings to those who share the faith? It seems to me that those who share the faith, no matter your denomination (this church would fall into the Christianity category), should bless everyone. Why would a church only want to bless those who share the faith? I do not understand that. I would think everyone is deserving of a blessing and certainly those who have lost their faith or never had it deserve it just as much as the faithful.
I don't like it when a church/belief system/faith system singles out who should be blessed and who shouldn't. Who is worthy of God's love and who isn't. Who can participate fully in a service and who can't (and yes, my church falls into this category and I.DON'T.LIKE.IT.). When the church defines who can hold a leadership position and who can't based not on qualifications or character but on gender/race/age. I don't like it when a church tries to define one's relationship with God based on what hoops the person has jumped through.
Seriously, there are just days when I think I should start the Church of Jo. It would probably just be me and my immediate family in attendance, but who knows. Maybe not. In the meantime, if you are here reading this, consider yourself blessed. I believe God loves and blesses all of us - those who are strong in their faith, those who waiver in their faith and even those who are non-believers, who may not want His love and blessings.
On a more frivolous and fun note, here are a couple of more pictures from Hawaii.
This is Lora and I, in our wetsuits, on the boat going to the island of Molokini. It was early in the morning, chilly and the sun had not quite cleared up the clouds yet.
Island of Molokini
Green sea turtle.