Reproduced with permission from Author Elizabeth Hagan 2014
When you run out of words, going back to Jesus can be oh so helpful. The one who said it best.
The one who never forced himself on anyone.The one who welcomed all people, no matter if they believed in him or not.
The one who gave us a way of seeing the world that reminds us that things are not always as they seem.
The one who shows us the suffering of our lives in a kingdom larger story.
The one who tells us we don’t have measure up or produce enough to be accepted.
The one who blesses the most unlikely of characters (and maybe that is us?)
The one who promises us joy even when things are bleak. The one who always surprises just as He did when these words were first spoken many years ago:
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 be 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.
Copyright 2014 Elizabeth Hagan