Beatitudes · Poor in Spirit

W5: Poor in Spirit: Stumbling Blocks

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:3 What makes a poor person not poor anymore?  Ownership! It may seem silly or obvious when put so simply, but it’s the truth!  Someone is no longer considered poor when they start owning stuff.  It’s all relative, of course.  A middle…… Continue reading W5: Poor in Spirit: Stumbling Blocks

Beatitudes · Poor in Spirit

W4: Poor in Spirit: Biblical Example

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:3 In perusing through Bible stories, I find more characters with prideful hearts than hearts that are Poor in Spirit.  David, because of his Psalms, comes quickly to mind as recognizing his utter dependence on God.  He continually cries out to God…… Continue reading W4: Poor in Spirit: Biblical Example

Beatitudes · Poor in Spirit

W3: Poor in Spirit: Definition

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:3 At first, when reading the list of Beatitudes, it seems like Jesus repeats himself with Poor in Spirit and Meek.  The word “humble” is frequently applied to both, which seems appropriate.  However, if we look at the Greek words used, we…… Continue reading W3: Poor in Spirit: Definition

Beatitudes · Introduction

W2: Introduction: Identity & Wisdom in the Beatitudes

Part 1: Identity My name is Amy and I love coffee.  That’s a pretty accurate statement, since I drink coffee daily.  It is part of my routine, I enjoy it, and it is comforting to me.  But what if I said, “my name is Amy and I am a coffee lover”?  Or someone introduced me…… Continue reading W2: Introduction: Identity & Wisdom in the Beatitudes

Beatitudes · Introduction

W1: Introduction: Choosing the Beatitudes

Last summer, my son, Egan, was memorizing the Beatitudes as part of a school assignment.  Every day I would overhear him practicing in an almost rhythmic recitation—memorizing the sounds of the words together, rather than the words themselves.  For him, at age 8, the concepts (and even some of the words!) are foreign and difficult…… Continue reading W1: Introduction: Choosing the Beatitudes