A New Chapter
As many have noted, the Beatitudes are among the most profound statements ever recorded. On that hillside long ago Jesus looked at the crowds around him and sensed that they were struggling and looking for hope. That is what I see in the Beatitudes. If we thought of our lives as a book, each chapter we’ve written has it’s mistakes, troubles, and hurts. The beatitudes show us how God rewrites every chapter of our lives and gives us the hope we desperately need.
The chapter where I lost everything, and Jesus gave me all that mattered.
(“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.)
The Chapter when I lost a loved one, and Jesus came near to my broken heart.
(Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.)
The Chapter when I felt run over and beat up, and Jesus gave me hope.
(Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.)
The Chapter when I thought I knew better than anyone else, and Jesus filled me with grace.
(Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.)
The chapter when I took revenge and it didn’t make me feel better, and Jesus relieved me of my guilt.
(Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.)
The chapter when I followed my flesh and came up empty, and Jesus gave me new vision for a new life.
(Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.)
The chapter when I hated my enemy, and Jesus showed me a path toward serenity.
(Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.)
The chapter when I hid my faith because I was ashamed, and Jesus said ‘They treated me that way too.’
(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.”
Thank you, Jesus, for re-writing the chapters of my life and giving me a new vision for the life you have given me.