July Reflection

Geraldine Montgomery
Vice President
Fundraising & Communication Unit

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost
Count your many blessings, name them one by one
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done

The above words, from the well-known hymn, were part of an All Ireland MU correspondence sent to me just at the 7-8 week stage of the Coronavirus lockdown. You will all remember we had been separated from family and friends and although I was still able to do a weekly shop at Tesco I found it increasingly stressful. There was a family illness which unfortunately resulted in bereavement and of course with no hospital visiting and a very restricted funeral it was all very upsetting. So when I read those words instead of the downside I thought of the blessings I had received during this time.

I had a telephone and computer to keep in touch with my family, friends, church services and MU via the websites. There was enough food. The good weather and health allowed Eddie, my husband, and myself to get lots of work done in the garden (it needed it!). I was able to enjoy Spring with enough time to observe and appreciate the new life unfolding. The scented blossom and the colour of the Spring flowers were a joy. The clear night skies, the super moon and the space station both of which seemed to be suspended in the inky black.

Summer is now here and the blessings continue some in a slightly different form but I and I hope you continue to remember to;

Count your blessings and name them one by one
Count your blessings and see what God has done
Count your blessings and name them one by one
Count your many blessings and see what God has done.

Geraldine

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