Upside Down

Dear Mourners,

The preacher Barbara Brown Taylor says that our scripture for Sunday, Matthew 5:1-12 ,"The Beatitudes,” can be summed up in the phrase, “Blessed are the upside –down.” That’s not a bad translation at all. The Beatitudes speak about the world seen from a very different perspective, upside –down from the way we usually view the world. From the bottom looking up.

Perhaps the biggest upside –down portion of the Beatitudes is verse 4, ”Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” I have taught that verse, shared that verse, and preached that verse now for years. On Monday as our family mourned my mother, Beverly Rae Jensen, we felt the comfort of that verse. You were the body of Christ surrounding us in love and service. Christ’s comforting embrace came through your words, prayers, actions and worship.

Taylor says that when Jesus delivered his Beatitudes he should have asked the present crowd to stand on their heads because that was what he was doing. He was asking them to turn the known world upside-down, to view the world from a totally different direction, to give themselves an utterly different perspective.

On behalf of my Father Milton and in memory of my Mother Beverly, thanks for your willingness to stand on your head last Monday. The world notices such comforting gymnastics and hope emerges. The resurrection provides a great view from the bottom looking up.

Praying for all Veterans on this Veterans' Day 2015...



Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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