The reading for today is Matthew 5:3-11
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens. Blessed are you when they reproach and persecute you, and while speaking lies, say every evil thing against you because of Me.
When I first became a foster parent, I was in way over my head. I turned to a couple of wonderful people in the congregation here (one was a family counselor and the other a juvenile system worker) who were a great support to me. One day, one of them told me that life for many foster children is upside down but they don’t know it. It is their normal. When they move in with a new family that does everything differently from anything they have ever known (even though it’s healthier for them) they think the new family is upside down.
As I read the list of Beatitudes in Mark 5, I thought how upside down the world is now. Things are a mess and for the time-being we are left poor in spirit, mourning, meek, etc. None of these are qualities particularly admired by our culture. We may feel upside down in our world but the truth is that the world is upside down. As we journey toward full health (body, soul and spirit) we will frequently not fit in here.
Lord, thank You for Your faithful and continuous work in my life. I want to be an agent of change in this upside-down world. Help me to be faithful to all that You have called me to. Amen.
Paula Barney firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Children in foster care.