Today I want to share with you the Message version of the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5: 3-12. This paraphrase took me by surprise. I had never thought the Beatitudes this way. Read yourself and let me know what you think! (My prayer responses are in between the verses.)
3″You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
God, let me decrease and you increase! Less of me, more of you!
4″You’re 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.
God, help me to let go of anything that is in your way. Less of me, more of you!
5″You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners
of everything that can’t be bought.
God, enable me to be content in every situation. Less of me, more of you!
6″You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
God, fill me with your Spirit! Less of me, more of you!
7″You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
God, help me to lose myself in you! Less of me, more of you!
8″You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
God, cleanse me from inside out! Less of me, more of you!
9″You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
God, show me how to spread your love! Less of me, more of you!
10″You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
God, strengthen my commitment to you! Less of me, more of you!
“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every
time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble. (Matthew 5: 3-12, MSG)(The responses in bold are mine)
We are indeed blessed! We are indeed blessed all the time, often most when we expect it least.
Thank you for blessing us.
Thank you for drawing us nearer to you.
Help us to see blessings in disguise.
Renew us, change us, mold us.
Less of us, more of you!
May thy will be done in us, through us, around us.
In Jesus’ name,
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, whatever is your situation today, wherever you are on your faith journey! God is with you!
Q4U: Did you get any new insights? Please share!
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