Count your blessings


When the month of April is mentioned, the word that usually follows very quickly is “ showers” . April showers reminds me of the song made famous by Al Jolson.

It goes like this;

“Life is not a highway strewn with flowers, still it holds a goodly share of bliss.
When the sun gives way to April showers, here is the point you should never miss
Though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May
So if it’s raining, have no regrets, because it isn’t raining rain, you know(It’s raining violets)
And where you see clouds upon the hills, you soon will see crowds of daffodils.
So keep on looking for a blue bird, and listening for his song, whenever April showers come along”
lyrics by B. G. De Sylva.

Al Jolson recorded ‘April Showers’ in the autumn of 1921 and a critic said that he sang it with faith to move mountains and audiences. The lyrics remind us that even “April showers may come” our way,” they bring the flowers that bloom in May”. Of course, the rain is synonymous with bad things, and troubled times and ‘the mayflowers’ with good things and brighter future. We are told to “keep on looking for the Bluebird’ while listening for his song”, which again is urging us to look for the good and not to dwell on the bad things in life.

When I listen to these words, for me the “bluebird “ represents God, the Daffodils, the flowers that bloom in May and the violets, which are growing in the church yard, are a few of the many blessings God showers on us. God showers us with so many blessings , that at difficult times it is hard to bring them to mind.

This year, the beginning of April coincides with the end of Lent, when the Church journeys with Christ to the Cross during Passion tide. On Easter Sunday Christians all over the world celebrate the Resurrection of the Risen Christ. It is a time also to remember our baptism. Christ’s death and Resurrection brings hope to all, in his death he bought to us reconciliation with God, a great blessing.

I once heard an interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, when he was asked if he considered himself to be an optimist. His reply was “I consider myself a prisoner of hope, yes, I am a prisoner of hope” Without hope, where would we be ?

So the next time you are caught in an ‘April’ shower or any rain shower, instead of worrying about getting wet, smile and think of Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the rain and count your many blessings.