Today is January 1st- Today, we are Blessed to celebrate a New Year, and we also celebrate the "Eighth Day of Christmas"!
Today we think about the “Eight Maids A-milking”-who represent the Eight Beatitudes:
1) Blessed are the poor in spirit,
2) Blessed are those who mourn,
3) Blessed are the meek,
4) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
5) Blessed are the merciful,
6) Blessed are the pure in heart,
7) Blessed are the peacemakers,
8) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake. (Matthew 5:3-10)
We reflect upon these things and we and we contemplate what it means to be “blessed” using Jesus’ frame of reference...
No doubt, at one time or another over this past year- you have been "blessed" according to Jesus' definition. And as surely, as I type these words...during the next year to come, either you or I will experience poverty of spirit, mourning, persecution, humiliation, or degradation. But not to worry, for along with these things, according to The One who knows, comes blessing. This is my prayer for you as we enter a new year: that God will bless you despite, and even 'because of' the negative things that may assail you during this coming year. Additionally, I pray that God will mightily bless you by making you hunger and thirst after Him, and by growing you in righteousness so that you may become more kind, more merciful, more pure in heart, and one who walks in and relentlessly "wages peace." I hope you will pray the same for me...
MAY YOU BE RICHLY BLESSED THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR!