A few months ago I looked around the room at my church and I saw a group of hurting people. Some of us had obvious physical ailments, others carried emotional wounds and a precious few limped around with both. I thought for such a small group, around 50, we sure do have a ton of pain happening at the moment.
And then I thought about who Jesus named as blessed:
The poor in spirit
Those who mourn
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
The pure in heart
Those persecuted because of righteousness
I venture to say that many of us don’t aspire to be the people on this list because, when we stop and really examine it, most of this list is just plain HARD.
It’s a wonder that at our most human, when it is impossible to do it all on our own, we are blessed.
For a fantastic essay on the misuse of the word blessed, check out Scott Dannemiller’s, The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-dannemiller/christians-should-stop-saying_b_4868963.html