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Posted on Apr 22, 2015 in Blog

Breaking Bread Wednesday

Breaking Bread Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday’s version of the mid-day table of fellowship with the Ozark United Methodist Church!  Hope your “hump day” is going okay.  Either way, click here for a little Wednesday humor from the people at GEICO.

Whether it’s lunch period at school, a snack at work, or a meal with friends…let’s be thankful for the food before us and for those we are gathered with face-to-face or virtually here on the blog.  “For good food and those who prepare it, for good friends with whom to share it, we thank you Lord. Amen.”

As you have a moment, take a look at these words of Jesus.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”   Matthew 5:3-12, NRSV

“The Beatitudes,” as this passage is traditionally called, are powerful words of promise!  What do you think Jesus meant by “blessed?”  What characteristic that Jesus encourages here especially connected with you today?  What promise shared in this passage gives you hope?  Feel free to share your thoughts, or respond to what others may have shared, at the bottom of the page.

Keep OUMC in your prayers today.  Pray for our congregation’s leaders and those you know in need of special prayer.

Your partner on the journey,

Pastor Steve

8 Comments

  1. Today for me, “meekness” stood out. Being meek is not normally looked upon well in our society and is not a natural inclination of mine. But Jesus says I’ll be “blessed/happy” when I am meek…and inherit the earth. Interesting thought on this Earth Day 2015.

  2. Has been a busy morning and good to sit down for lunch. Is there one about those who are “busy?” Seriously, I find them all so interesting and thought-provoking to look at the world through the eyes of Jesus and contrast that. Popular culture would have us believe that “Blessed are the” Rich…Beautiful….Powerful….Famous…etc. Excellent reminder of how Christ related to the world with a spirit of love and humility.

  3. This passage underscores the extreme difference between divine values and earthy values. To recognize that I am completely dependent on God and not myself and my poor pitiful efforts is a lesson I have to learn over and over. It is not humanly possible to achieve the state of divine blessedness Jesus describes- only through the Intervention of the Holy Spirit.

    • You’re right Joanna…what we value and do can open us up to the Holy Spirit’s work, that “blessedness.”

  4. A little of a late close out to today’s mid-day table…Keep OUMC in your prayers today. Blessings all!

  5. I always take comfort in these words. It seems to be the opposite of what society tells us. We should claw our way to the top and not worry if we step on a few people to get there. Watch out for yourself. This is not what Jesus tells us. Nope. The least become the greatest. I am always struck by blessed are the meek, and blessed are the peacemakers. It is encouraging to know the humble, quiet souls have great divine rewards awaiting them. Things far beyond anything the world has to offer.

  6. Melissa, thanks for joining us at the table this evening. I love what you shared about the meek and peacemakers receiving things “far beyond anything the world has to offer.” If we believe what Jesus tells us, what a promise to claim!

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