In these days of transition,
of changing forecasts and uncertain destinations,
it is good to be able to focus on the Needful Things of Life:
not as pious, stained glass platitudes,
but as ways God is made real, every day.
to remember with gratitude the fruits of the labors of others which we share as a part of daily living…
to acknowledge the beautiful things of life, – some as a result of our seeking and many that arrive unheralded into our path, warming our hearts…
to recall the moments of distress that taught profoundly of the evilness of evil and the goodness of good…
to bring to mind new people in our lives from whom we have caught glimpses of the meaning of the dignity of human life…
to remember the awareness of the spirit of God that sought us out, called us to turn the other cheek,
go the second mile and share our possessions, love and care.
We can be blessed, as we follow Jesus.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of
heaven.” Matthew 5:3-10