Matthew and Luke both tell us the story of a time when Jesus was surrounded by his disciples and others on a hillside, and he taught them so many things about the kingdom of God. Chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Matthew’s gospel are the record of this “Sermon on the Mount.” Jesus started this most famous sermon with chapter 5:1-12, what we have come to know as “The Beatitudes.” In many English translations these important sayings about life begin with the words “Blessed are ….”
When the editors of the Spark Story Bible for children get to this story, they also focus on the theme of being blessed:
‘People who feel hopeless are blessed because God will give them heaven.
Sad people are blessed because God will help them feel better.
People who don’t have many things are blessed as God will give them everything they need.
People who want to follow God’s ways are blessed because God will help them.
People who treat others with kindness are blessed because God will treat them with kindness.
People who know what is right in their heart are blessed because God will be with them.
People who make peace are blessed because they will be called God’s children.’
Do you find yourself included in any of the bullet points above? Hopefully, you feel blessed.
God of joy and love, help me to find my blessings today as I study and follow Your word in my daily life. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.