The sayings of Jesus can sometimes give you whip lash. “They will put some of you to death … but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.” What? Jesus wants us to understand that things which seem like tragedy, like disaster from our perspective can, from the point of view of God, be great blessings. When I think back on some of the negative experiences in my life I see them now as being of great spiritual blessing. It didn’t feel that way at the time but looking back I recognize how God used even negative things (the cross!) to create a move me toward peace. As we give thanks during these days we are grateful for the diverse ways we are blessed.