What Does It Mean to Be Blessed?

Most people want a blessing; not everyone defines a blessing in the same way.  Humanity, it seems, tends to create an imbalance…an inequality.

Us and them.

Rich and poor.

Have’s and Have Not’s.

God’s work, conversely, is to equalize the playing field.  True justice.  He lifts up the lowly, poor, and oppressed, and He humbles the rich and powerful.

Depending on where you are in the world, a blessing could mean to receive…but it also could mean to give.  It could mean to be lifted up, or it could mean to be humbled.

On the whole, there are the rich and the poor.  But there is also gray area.  The rich could be impoverished in other ways.  And the poor could have something to give away.

Remembering God’s justice, seek to be lifted up; but don’t forget how you might be called to give away.  That is what crossed my mind as I read my devotion this morning:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:3–5)

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)

May these beatitudes become a reality in my life.

Boa, K. (1993). Handbook to prayer: Praying scripture back to God. Atlanta: Trinity House.


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