Blessed Summer – Week 3

Blessed are they who mourn,for they shall be comforted.

Grief; sadness; lament; mourning…not a description of what we desire for ourselves, or prefer to experience in the company of others. In some places, these feeling are unavoidable, like at the death of a loved one, but even then, we run away from it as quickly as possible. But what would it look like to mourn for something worse…our sin?

Let’s definitely not go there!…right?

Blessed Summer – Week 2

Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Poverty is never a good thing…right? Typically it is viewed negatively.
Jesus regularly spoke to the needs of the poor, as well as the writers of the New Testament. The reminder was consistent—God’s expectation on the rest of us to have compassion on them. In Matthew 5.3, however, Jesus has a different message. “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” In this case, the poverty is not in relation to earthly provisions. This spiritual bankruptcy brings ultimate happiness, prosperity and fortune. Jesus promises a reward for those who are spiritually humble. Why? What is this kind of poverty?