“blessed” /blest, ‘blesid/ adjective 1. made holy; consecrated.
Like all creation. Like each of us, made as we are in the Divine image.
Here’s my little rant on this particular #AdventWord: It is both sadly underused and misunderstood, and wildly over-used and misapplied.
How so? Glad you asked.
The fruits of capitalism are not “blessings.” They are, well.., the fruits of capitalism. And, in contrast to Divine blessing, they do not fall on the everyone the same. The system works better for some than for others. Those of us who prosper under capitalism are not more “blessed” than those who do not. We are more wealthy; that is all. And whether or not the fruits of capitalism become “blessings” depends entirely on what we do with them.
On the other hand, if we truly understood all of creation as holy and consecrated, we would sure treat it a lot better than we do. I post today my photo of a snake in, I hope, somewhat jarring protest of the fact that here in Louisiana (and probably elsewhere), people still gather to celebrate the rounding up and gratuitous slaughter of snakes.