“You are blessed when you’ve lost it all. God’s kingdom is there for the finding.” Luke 6:20
After spending time in prayer, Jesus, along with his disciples, came down from the mountain. There he preached to thousands of people who had gathered. We can assume many of these folks were poor, ill, and depressed. When they heard Jesus say they are blessed when they have lost everything, are hungry, sick, and rejected, they must have felt confused by the message of this great teacher.
Jesus wasn’t directing this blessing to the multitude of people, but to his newly called disciples. When he said, “You are blessed” Jesus wanted them to know he was the source for the poor, the hungry, and the weeping.
I have never known poverty, such as an empty pantry or no shoes for my kids, but I understand the hunger of wanting a better situation for my children, the poverty of having a good job, but letting it destroy my body and soul, and being critically ill. Can I say I was blessed during those times? Not until I looked back on my life:
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints. –Mary Stevensen (stanza 1)
Thank you, God, for the times you blessed me beyond what I deserved. Amen.