“Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.”

Blessings

A few weeks ago, I began to look a little deeper into the beatitudes.  What I thought would be a few weeks of a sermon series has become a slow study of each of the blessings that Jesus laid out for his disciples and the crowds that followed Him.  Seeing these statements as exclamations has given me a new appreciation for the blessings that come along with being a follower of Christ.

If we read through them too quickly, as I have done many times, we might miss out on those blessings.  I used to look at these statements as just that — statements.  Something Jesus said to help me get through life when life was hard.  But I’m beginning to see them as so much more.  More than something said to “get me through life,” they are each individual reasons to celebrate my life and my faith.  Each exclamation gives me another reason to be more thankful for what Jesus was willing to do for me. What a great passage of scripture God has led me to as we prepare to celebrate Holy week and the Easter season.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth…”  How contrary to what we have been programmed to believe by the culture in which we live.  No more contrary to the culture in which Jesus and His disciples lived.  

Fortunately, as I read posts on Facebook and talk to people in our church family, I see more and more people are looking to God for answers than looking to society.  Yay God!  His Word tells us, “Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.”

God has not changed.  The Easter story has not changed.  Yet, somehow, I feel like I have more reason to celebrate this Easter than ever before. 

I hope you will join me on Sunday mornings to celebrate what Jesus has done for you!  

Pastor Stef

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