Blessed are you

When you grieve do you feel blessed? When you feel alone and wonder where God is, do you feel blessed? When you feel powerless, do you feel blessed? When you try to do the right thing, but it seems like everyone thinks it’s the wrong thing, do you feel blessed?

Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, known as the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) turns things upside down and inside out. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, and the persecuted.

Wait, what? The ways we don’t wish to appear: meek, poor, persecuted are blessings? The people we can easily look down upon blessed? Doesn’t being blessed mean we get what we want?

Not in the Kingdom of Heaven.

What would it look like if we prayed to be meek, to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be peacemakers, to stand up for what’s right? Maybe we would see the Kingdom breaking into the world here and now.

Here’s a way to pray the Beatitudes as part of your daily routine. http://www.emotionallyhealthy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/praying_the_beatitudes.pdf

May we become Kingdom-revealing people following Jesus’ mercy.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 in person or streaming as we gather to remember what it means to be blessed. And to turn our mourning for Randy Rigby to comfort.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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