The blessed life is not measured by beautiful sunsets,
Is not diminished by sorrow or pain;
It is not increased by wealth or power,
Is not threatened by loss or gain.
The blessed life instead is found in children's laughter,
In the tender caress of the one who has loved you for years;
The celebration of another's success,
A song sweetly sung through tears,
The blessed life is a gift from God
Not everyone is willing to receive.
It consists in giving up one's life,
Dying that another may live.
I am truly a blessed man tonight. Life is not without its challenges, but surrounded by the love of others, and being given the love of God, I am blessed indeed.