The older I get the more sympathetic I become to the fragile nature of our emotional and mental health. Certainly there are factors of chemistry that affect us significantly. The struggles people face or their families members are pronounced in this season and the pain and heartache that accompanies is hard to overstate. If I had a magic wand, I would wave it and restore everyone in my circle to health and wholeness. Jesus taught about the attitudes which can help us in frailty as well as when we are strong and feeling invincible. His advice, when understood, in what we call ‘the beatitudes’ is perhaps the most significant psychological insight we could ever receive. Listen afresh and may God meet you and yours right where you are with His love and counsel.
When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:1-12 NASB
Have I realized that the spiritual life promised by Jesus is far more important than the material life I know?
God, as this day begins- I am praying for friends and family struggling. Their names are in my mind, but privacy dictates anonymity in this post. Would you sustain, restore to right thinking, and buoy each person up. May their doctors provide personal attention and prescriptions that work. For their caregivers, would You impart the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon and the resources to love their family members well. Oh, the day that we will all be perfected. I long for that more than ever. Now, may I be a blessing to all I encounter today and a reflection of Your great love. Help America with our crisis of mental health. Protect our children.