The day before Christmas I went ice skating with my sister and her family! We enjoyed such a wonderful time! Only bummer… I lost my gloves. So the day after Christmas found me biking across town back to the rink to see if anyone turned them in. Sadly, they hadn’t but I decided to make the best of it and have fun biking home a way I’ve never gone before. Can you believe I ended up right in front of a Christian used book store?!
Now as it was just about to start getting dark I only had a little time so I prayed as I went in, “Lord, if there’s something you want me to read in here would you direct me to it.”
Since their Christian Living section was on sale I headed in that direction. The first two books I pulled off the shelf were rather light content, but then my attention was caught by a stack on the floor. Perched on top was the book “Seven: The deadly sins and the beatitudes.”
As I sat on the floor reading an excerpt I was hooked! Was there ever nourishment for my soul in here! As I paid for that book and raced home I was amazed, in less than 15 minutes the Lord truly guided me to a rich treasure that was just what I needed to hear.
Just listen to how the author shares the beatitudes:
“Blessed are those who mourn – those who’ve had what they are for most stripped away – for they will be comforted!”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit – those who know they lack what makes them alive and who look to others for help – for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”
“Blessed are the meek – those who do not pursue power or authority but live gentle lives – for they will inherit the earth”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – those who have no good thing inside themselves yet still long for something real – for they will be filled”
I was astounded at how I could relate to his expanded descriptions and it hit me, I am blessed!
And what a blessed and timely reminder that was.