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Our focus is the Beatitude “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” The twist in this is that Jesus was merciful, but did not receive mercy from the people (or even from His Father). However, we, who do not receive mercy, get plenty of it from Jesus…and then are able to show mercy to others.
What satisfies you? As we live through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all experiencing massive changes and adjustments to our life and schedules. We are experiencing a time of pruning. God is pruning out what is unneeded and giving us the gift of time to focus on what is needed. God is pruning you and the Church to follow Jesus more closely. How will we come out of this pandemic? Will we go back to life as usual or will we find ourselves closer to Jesus as we hunger and thirst for righteousness?
“God helps those who help themselves.” Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. I’m a self-made man/woman. So much in American culture encourages us to put on a face of strength and independence. No one wants to be or even appear to be weak. But the drastic changes in our world over these last weeks can shake even the strongest. Hear Jesus’ promise that the meek (often seen as weak) will inherit the earth. There is much more good to come!
Why would anyone consider it a blessing to mourn? Truly, no one goes looking for grief. But God is at work in our mourning, bringing comfort now and, most importantly, forever.
The world values status, titles and rank. Jesus values humility. Following Jesus turns the tables on what we might consider important and valuable. Jesus sets a standard of life that is not attainable without God being in full control of our entire lives.
Brookfield Lutheran Church
18500 W. Burleigh Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53045
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