2020—by Carl Gooch

This year has been different than most we have faced. We have said goodbye to some and hello to a few others; the cycle continues. If we were to focus on the negative it would be very depressing and constantly living in fear. And I know a few people who are doing just that, and it is sad.

I am not going to say that everything has been great, it hasn’t. But even in the darkest of trials there is hope and blessings. I can only speak for myself personally and say it has had many blessings. Yes, I’ve lost family and friends to the grave. But I know that there are now in heaven surrounded with love and beauty. I grieve not for them but for not being able to hold them or speak with them one more time. And I have been blessed this year with another great-grandchild, praise be the name of the Lord our God.

The Lord has watched over my family and provided for our needs and some of our wants as well. I have my loving wife who is truly a blessing from God. We have a warm comfortable place to live, food to eat, running water, and electric. He provides for our transportation, medical needs, clothes to wear and great friends. He wakes me up every morning with breath and a promise to be with me and watch over me in the day. I know all things are in His hands so I have no fear. Maybe a few questions but no fear.Even the trials I face are in fact a blessing.  As I face a trial, I turn to Him for strength and guidance. And then I realize it is He who is working in me and through me for His glory. Then I feel His presence all the more in my live. What greater blessing is there?

This year He has drawn me closer to Him than I have ever known. I’ve seen Him provide and protect me in so many ways. His has blessed me with special people in my life this year, people who I see God working through. God has helped me grow in the knowledge of His loving mercy and forgiveness. He has shown me how I need to set myself aside and focus solely on Him.

So I guess you can say that for me this year has had pain; growing pains.  All praise be to the Lord our God in all situations. Yes, even the rough times.2020 – a year of trails and blessings.

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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