Eight Acres for the Eighth Day

Creator God, I pray the eyes of my heart may be opened that I may know the hope that You have called me to. I pray that the meditations of my heart may be pleasing in your sight, Oh God my Rock and my Redeemer. Guide me into all truth and help me to hear…

Eight Acres for the Eighth Day

Creator God, I pray the eyes of my heart may be opened that I may know the hope that You have called me to. I pray that the meditations of my heart may be pleasing in your sight, Oh God my Rock and my Redeemer. Guide me into all truth and help me to hear…

Eight Acres for the Eighth Day

Creator God, I pray the eyes of my heart may be opened that I may know the hope that You have called me to. I pray that the meditations of my heart may be pleasing in your sight, Oh God my Rock and my Redeemer. Guide me into all truth and help me to hear…

Eight Acres for the Eighth Day

Introduction Visio Divina – “sacred seeing” – is an ancient form of Christian prayer in which we allow our hearts and imaginations to enter into a sacred image, in silence, to see what God might have to say to us. This practice is based on the practice of Lectio Divina – “divine reading” – which…

Blessed are They who are Persecuted

“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:10 What does it mean to be persecuted for the sake of righteousness? In Matthew 5:10 the blessing of the kingdom of heaven is promised for those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, not to…

Blessed are The Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9 What does it mean to be a peacemaker? In a world that is ugly with violence and hate, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers. But, what did Jesus mean by peacemakers? A peace maker is someone who is constantly seeking…

Blessed are The Pure in Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8 What does it mean to be pure of heart? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines pure as “unmixed with any other matter”. For example, pure gold consists of no other element but gold.  So what is a pure heart? Much of the time…

Blessed are The Merciful

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” – Matthew 5:7 What does it mean to be merciful? Mercy is God’s active empathy and compassion to those who are guilty and needy. Before our Holy God, we are all guilty, yet despite our guiltiness, God chooses to move toward us in this undeserving condition…

Blessed are Those who Hunger

“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”. – Matthew 5:6 What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness? Hunger and thirst are recurrent urges. It’s exceedingly satisfying to eat a meal when starving or to drink water when parched. Hunger is often used to convey a…

Blessed are The Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”.  – Matthew 5:5 What does it mean to be meek? The word meek from the original language was used to describe reigning in a stallion. It is the idea of a horse being controlled by a bit and bridle. The horse is choosing to submit…

Blessed are They who Mourn

“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4 What does it mean to mourn? This verse can be something we can cling to when we are mourning. It also is one of the many places in the Bible that shows us that it is okay to share our emotions. The…

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3 What does it mean to be poor in Spirit? When we come to God we must not be self-satisfied or proud in our hearts, thinking we don’t really need God. If we do, God cannot bless us. The Bible says,…