“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.” Matthew 5:1-12
In the Sermon on the Mount, The Beatitudes, Jesus himself gives us the blueprint for Christian Life. We can all use a blueprint, a plan to follow. I just wish it was as easy as it sounds; don’t you?
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
We each need all the help we can get! I will pray for you, and I hope you will pray for me…
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 (Just as an aside, I gave each of my children a Bible verse of their own, and this one is my daughter’s. It always brought me great comfort to know that she carried it on her key chain when she was a teenager driving.)