My Mom and I talk on the phone almost daily …from Alabama to South Carolina. Being together in person is always the best but we are so thankful that we can do life together even if it is through a technological device. Thank you Alexander Graham Bell! We will love you forever!
Conversations between Mama and her 7 children often involve something like this: “How are you feeling?”, “Who came to visit today?” and “How was the food?”; but almost always there is talk of what either of us might have read in the Bible that day, and singing her favorite songs together, and praying…always praying. Precious is the time together as these ingredients are sprinkled into the mix.
This day was no different. With a Bible nearby, I looked for some encouragement to read to Mama on this particular morning. I found myself at Matthew 5 and began reading what is known to many as “The Beatitudes”.
I started reading the first verse/phrase …“Blessed are the poor in spirit…” and as the words seemed to awaken within her spirit, she finished the phrase …“for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We continued on throughout the entire passage of Scripture– organically engaging in our own version of responsive reading. It became a holy moment as I read and she responded from memory — years of memorizing and tucking the Word of God in her heart. We worshiped Jesus together and it was beautiful.
As our phone conversation ended and the day went on, I couldn’t get away from the Beatitudes! I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I couldn’t stop reading it over and over again. I’m still not sure why but it continues to draw me …compelling me to come and sit with the words and learn from them through the Holy Spirit’s tutoring.
Each week I trust the Holy Spirit to guide me in the path He has for me in writing here in this space and each week, in just His time, He lets me know what to write. After being completely wrecked with such godly sorrow about repentance regarding racism I honestly had to take a deep breath and just wait quietly until the next prompting to write came along. The reeling continues but something began stirring again …the blessing in the Beatitudes!
The passage in Matthew 5 gives hope and promise to the blessed … the poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers, the persecuted …blessings to the pure in heart and those who hunger and thirst after righteousness.
Someone must need to hear this today …You. Are. Blessed! As you read the verses from Matthew 5:1-12 below, where do you find yourself in this story? When you locate that word that stirs and quickens something deep within you, read slowly and carefully the promise and blessing given after that. There is a blessed identity given–“those who mourn”–and a promise given from the Father who loves us deeply–“for they will be comforted”. Read it over and over. Let it sink into the fiber of your being until it reaches your core.
Sit with Jesus and listen as He speaks His words over you today…
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.