The Beatitudes for the Holidays

 By Bob Hiller

Well, friends, on this blessed day after Thanksgiving, I hope this blog finds you waking up from a day full of food, drink, laughter, and rest. I hope today you are not shopping like a crazy person, but continuing in some blessed rest with friends and family. Thanksgiving is truly a wonderful day to enjoy the marvelous gifts of God’s creation which He has given “out of divine, fatherly goodness and mercy with no merit or worthiness” in us. I hope yesterday was a day for you to enjoy that divine, fatherly goodness and mercy.

But, I also know that for many of you, those hopes were not met. As has been discussed in the other Jagged articles this past week, Thanksgiving, and the holidays in general, can be a time of sorrow, loneliness, anxiety, and stress. For many, holiday eating and the drinking become coping mechanisms rather than a joyful celebration. Old wounds are opened, arguments are heated, loved ones are missing, and new problems arise. This is a time of year that is painful for many.

For you who must suffer through the holidays for any number of reasons, the Lord Jesus looks with favor upon you. In fact, for those who face this season with angst and sorrow, I pray you may find comfort in Christ’s beatitudes:

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

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:3-5

So, though I hope that your day was filled with joy and peace. But, blessed are you if it was full of sorrow and frustration. For the Lord Jesus will comfort you when you inherit the earth and rest in His kingdom.