January 11 Prayer
“Teach me the way of blessing
And what is the way of this blessing?
‘Blessed are those who mourn
For they will be comforted.’ Mat.5:2
Blessed, happy, delight,
count it all joy…
Mourning and sorrow, pain and suffering doesn't feel good
but it is there that comfort comes, ‘God draws near
and saves the crushed in spirit.’ Ps.34:18
It's a promise, it is true.
How do we live this way of blessing?..
for even in our happiness there is an ache
a longing for fulfillment , completion,
justice and an end to the story.
Jesus calls his friends to follow him .
This was right after
his closest friend John was arrested.Mk.1:14-15
He leads the way into mourning, the way of the cross to follow.
‘Sorrow in the night with the promise of joy in the morning.’
This is the gospel he proclaims
“You are 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.”
This is the fulfillment of why He came
“The kingdom of God is here, change your life and believe the message.”
There is Joy in the mourning because Jesus is there with you
You can go there without fear and feel the pain of difficulties.
The blessed way is this way to enter
the power of the resurrection in the reality of the moment.
Create space now in your heart to hold whatever pain you are feeling now
and allow God's presence to be there with you.
‘Jesus, You are the blessing we hope in.
You are the one most dear to us.
Show us how to live the blessing and bring your comfort to others in their sorrow and pain.
Let us not shrink back when difficulties come.
May we always find You there and allow your
embrace to encompass all
beyond our own reach.
Let us put our hope in this real true blessing.Ps.146:3-10