When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.Matthew 5:1-5
Lord, Jesus – When I read these words, I picture myself climbing that hillside with You. I long to sit and learn from You even as I read and pray these ancient words today.
May I realize this last bit of rope I’m holding onto tethers me to Your good way of living.
May I grieve my losses while I rest in Your arms.
And may I settle into the ME You’ve created me to be; with limits on my time and energy but endless possibilities in my hope-filled future with You.
I don’t deserve your blessing, but I’m ever grateful for Your Presence in my life and the calm assurance that You do all things well.
[verse selection and responsive prayer by Shereen Schwaninger]