Daily Easter Devotion Monday, May 12

Monday, May 12, 2014 – Psalm 115; Exodus 32:1-20; Colossians 3:18-4:6 (4:7-18) and Matthew 5:1-10

It’s that time of year when many graduations are being held. I know I’ve seen signs all about our area announcing when graduation will be. At many of the graduations, the following poem by Robert Frost will be shared; The Road Not Taken.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could   

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,        

And having perhaps the better claim,    

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;         

Though as for that the passing there      

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay        

In leaves no step had trodden black.      

Oh, I kept the first for another day!        

Yet knowing how way leads on to way, 

I doubted if I should ever come back.     

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh 

Somewhere ages and ages hence:           

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— 

I took the one less traveled by,    

And that has made all the difference.

In our reading from the Gospel today, we hear our Lord speaking to his disciples about life and how some of the blessings they will experience will come from the hard and difficult times. Hear this word from Christ as it comes to us from The Message paraphrase of Scripture. Matthew 5:1-10; The opening of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes.

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

Today hear our Lord Jesus inviting us to join Him on the journey of real life. A journey that will have its difficulties yet it is in life’s difficulties that we will discover the gift of real life.

Which of the Beatitudes speaks to you today? Why? What is it saying to you?

O Lord, thanks for reminding us that life will sometimes be difficult. It was for You and will be for us. Help us trust in You, knowing that You can take life’s difficulties and use them to mold us and shape us in Your holy image. Amen.

Psalm 115 – 1   Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. ….

11  You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!
He is their help and their shield.

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