In quiet moments my thoughts will often shift to those who are struggling and hurting. These souls may be next door, miles away, and around the world.
Early this morning these words from Jesus came to mind from his Sermon on the Mount:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are those who morn, for they shall be comforted
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you
Matthew 5:3-12 ESV
Sadly, I realize that all of these promises may not be fulfilled in this world. But for those who believe, paradise waits for us in the next.
When on the cross Jesus said to the criminal next to him “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43)
May you have a blessed and peaceful Sunday 🙏