Lord 🙏



The Beatitudes are so familiar we sometimes don’t consider what relevance they might have for us.

Often preachers concentrate on the first “Blessed” that of being poor in spirit.

What about those who mourn?

Anyone who is reading this is old enough to have mourned.

We have lost parents or grandparents, friends or children, and have suffered from it.

I have known people who still mourn a parent after 20 or 30 years.

Now, I’m not talking about the ongoing loss that we all feel when we no longer have an important person in our lives, but such deep-seated grief that they can’t seem to move on with their lives.

Sometimes, this death occurs after months or even years of suffering.

I wonder what they believe about death and eternal life.

Jesus promises that he has conquered death through his death and resurrection.

Do we believe this?

The end of a loved one forces us to answer this question. Who are we grieving for?

Are we grieving for the person who we say we believe now with God, or are we suffering for our loss?

Only remembering the promise of Christ can truly bring us comfort.

Let’s move on to the gentle. In some translations, the word used is “meek.”

So often, the soft and the meek are seen as weak.

In our world, to be mild or unassuming takes true strength.

To turn the other cheek, refuse to seek revenge, to walk away from a confrontation are all seen as signs of weakness.

Yet, Jesus tells us that it is just such as these that will inherit the earth.

Our media tells us that violence is the answer to all the questions, and yet more was accomplished by the likes of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa of Calcutta than by those who believe in violence.

These are people who also represent those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Let us follow their example so that we, too, will be replenished.

God, my salvation is in You alone. Please help me not to rely on my accomplishments and knowledge. Compared to you, they are worse than garbage. Help me to let go of my pride and to use what You’ve given me only for Your purposes so that others see Your grace at work in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.🙏🙏

By Peace Truth

Life is like a bunch of roses. Some sparkle like raindrops. Some fade when there's no sun. Some just fade away in time. Some dance in many colors. Some drop with hanging wings. Some make you fall in love. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Life you can be sure of, you will not get out ALIVE.(sorry about that)