Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney
Pastor Wayne began his ministry at Monroeville in August, 1993, after graduating from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Pastor Wayne has his Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a focus on ministry in the small church.
In his spare time, Pastor Wayne loves running, reading and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.
Pastor Wayne is married to Rev. Wendy Schindler-Chasney, pastor of St. John's UCC, Milan. They have two daughters.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places..." (Ephesians 1:3)
"Count your blessings." I can remember my mother saying that to me when I was a kid. Whenever I thought life was unfair or I wanted something that I wasn't likely to get or I was just being a grump, mom would say, "You should count your blessings."
It was good advice, though I didn't really know it at the time. It's a way of saying be thankful for what you do have rather than always looking at what you don't have. It's a reminder that gratitude is often the most important key happiness.
Blessings abound. There is food, shelter, safety and the basic necessities of life. There is health and strength and even life itself. Friends and family who surround us with support. And what about the wonders of technology that allow us to stay in contact with people who live far away, or the beauty of nature on full display as springtime gradually turns to summer. Yes, blessings abound, almost too many to count.
But not for everyone. What about those for whom food, shelter and safety are in short supply? Or those who struggle with health issues? What about those who feel alone, without family or friends to turn to? Or those whose homes have been destroyed by nature through wildfires, tornado, volcano, or hurricane? Yes, blessings abound in my life, and hopefully in many of yours as well. But let's not forget how it may not be true for all, or even us all the time.
One of our members gave me a deeper understanding of counting our blessings after worship Sunday (thanks Debi). She said she always gives thanks for the blessings she sees AND for the blessings she doesn't see. What a wonderful image. When everything is great and blessings abound it's easy to be filled with gratitude. But when things go wrong or bad things happen in our lives we get grumpy, like I did as a child. We turn inward. It becomes harder to count our blessings.
If we have trained ourselves to be thankful not only for the blessings we see, but also those unseen, perhaps our attitude will be a little different. Perhaps we can still find some joy. Perhaps we can still be grateful. Then those bumps in the road, both big and small, might do us less damage and leave us less grumpy.
Go ahead. Count your blessings. Both seen and unseen. And be filled with the joy of Christ.