The Blessing in the Beatitudes

The Blessing in the Beatitudes


My Mom and I talk on the phone almost daily …from Alabama to South Carolina.  Being together in person is always the best but we are so thankful that we can do life together even if it is through a technological device.  Thank you Alexander Graham Bell!  We will love you forever!

Conversations between Mama and her 7 children often involve something like this:   “How are you feeling?”,   “Who came to visit today?” and “How was the food?”; but almost always there is talk of  what either of us might have read in the Bible that day, and singing her favorite songs together, and praying…always praying.  Precious is the time together as these ingredients are sprinkled  into the  mix.


This day was no different.  With a Bible nearby, I looked for some encouragement to read to Mama on this particular morning.  I found myself at Matthew 5 and began reading what is known to many as “The Beatitudes”.

I started reading the first verse/phrase …“Blessed are the poor in spirit…” and as the words seemed  to awaken within her spirit, she finished the phrase …“for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We continued on throughout the entire passage of Scripture– organically engaging in our own version of responsive reading.  It became a holy moment as I read and she responded from memory — years of memorizing and tucking the Word of God in her heart.  We worshiped Jesus together and it was beautiful.

As our phone conversation ended and the day went on, I couldn’t get away from the Beatitudes!  I couldn’t stop thinking about them.  I couldn’t stop reading it over and over again.  I’m still not sure why but it continues to draw me …compelling me to come and sit with the words and learn from them through the Holy Spirit’s tutoring.

Each week I trust the Holy Spirit to guide me in the path He has for me in writing here in  this space and each week, in just His time, He lets me know what to write.  After being completely wrecked with such godly sorrow about repentance regarding racism I honestly had to take a deep breath and just wait quietly until the next prompting to write came along.  The reeling continues but something began stirring again …the blessing in the Beatitudes!

The passage in Matthew 5 gives hope and promise  to the blessed … the poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek,  the merciful, the peacemakers, the persecuted …blessings to the pure in heart and those who hunger and thirst after righteousness.

Someone must need to hear this today …You. Are. Blessed!  As you read the verses from Matthew 5:1-12 below, where do you find yourself in this story?  When you locate that word that stirs  and quickens something deep within you, read  slowly and carefully the promise and blessing given after that.  There is a blessed identity given–“those who mourn”–and a promise given from the Father who loves us deeply–“for they will be comforted”.   Read it over and over.  Let it sink into the fiber of your being until it reaches your core.

Sit with Jesus and listen as He speaks His words over you today…

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Consider adding a parallel version such as the Amplified Version or the Message for further understanding and read the passage out loud.  Grab someone else to read it together.  You can read the first phrase and let them answer you with the truth of  God’s promise.
Whether you are mourning or merciful, pure in heart or persecuted — You are not forgotten.  You are not overlooked.  You are not alone …you are blessed!
Let that spring up in your heart like a plant that has been waiting all winter to push through the cold of winter’s frost –becoming a   “planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor”.  (From Isaiah 61:3 NIV)

Joy Waters Martin

My kids tease me sometimes that my definition of a situation going well is often described as, "It was 'life-giving' " -- meaning, it may have had some conflicts or uneasy moments or stress but all in all , something about it breathed life into the situation and the people involved...something of the heart was moved in a good direction. I'm all about LIFE ... life with my husband, life with 4 adult children, their spouses and 8 grandchildren (to date, that is :), life in our home and life in a wild adventure we tend to label "ministry". In reality , all of these categories mesh together to make up the "organic me". Relational , redeeming and restoring are some of my favorite words and they give life to my soul as I walk it all out with Jesus Christ, the Giver of all life. Profile Photo by: Melody Martin

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  1. Bernice du Plessis

    Thank you thank you….I feel so very blessed after reading your most encouraging word…. What a blessing you are to us all. Hugs

    1. Joy Waters Martin

      You are loved, Bernice! Thank you for your sweet spirit. Hugs back to you!

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