Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Beatitudes, as redefined by Max Lucado

God promises sacred delight. And he promises it to an unlikely crowd:
"The poor in spirit" - beggars in God's soup kitchen.
"Those who mourn" - sinners anonymous bound together by the truth of their introduction: "Hi, I am me. I'm a sinner."
"The merciful" - winners of the million-dollar lottery who share the prize with their enemies.
"The pure in heart" - physicians who love lepers and escape infection.
"The peacemakers" - architects who build bridges with wood from a Roman cross.
"The persecuted"- those who manage to keep an eye on heaven while walking through hell on earth.
It is a band of pilgrims that God promises a special blessing. A heavenly joy. A sacred delight.
(Max Lucado, The Applause of Heaven)