Can you just imagine how exciting it must have been to see and hear the Savior preach?? Out in the open under the heavens, the crowds came to hear the Good News he offered! I like to picture him when I walk along the beach, praying to the masses.
When we first moved to SC and the ocean was so near, there were some net fisherman who walked nets (seines) out into the sea or they would drive a small tractor out dropping the nets as they made a semicircle back to shore. Then by hand, the men would pull the net into shore again and it would be full of fish! I immediately thought that I was witnessing the way the nets brought the fish in the bible, pulled by hand by the men. Awesome! And I like picturing that Christ could stop and preach at any chosen spot and the people would come.
Matthew 4:5 "Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his deiciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted. (God will lay his healing hand on your shoulder when you are mourning and comfort you with his word and his gentle presence)
5 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall abtain mercy. (When we show others mercy, we are acting as Jesus would. Despite the station in life, all persons are worthy of your mercy and God will also show you mercy)
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the Sons of God. (This day is Veteran's Day when we honor all of those who have served their country in the past but also now and in the future to keep America free and may we continue to have religious freedom!! God Bless our troops!)
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Later on, Jesus said:
14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.
15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
We may not be able to stand on a hill and spread God's word to the crowd but it does not matter when we can preach by our demeaner, by our face, by our posture, by our attitude towards others. You never know who may be moved by your Christian light shining in all that you do. Your smile, your warmth, your caring nature can nourish those around you who thirst for knowledge, who will also want that special something that shines through you to them--"Blessed to be a Blessing!"
Celebrate Verteran's Day in remembrance of all who served, are serving or will serve in the future. Pray for World Peace. There is nothing you cannot accomplish today or face with God at your side.
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My heart to yours...