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Here's a glimpse of how God spoke to me through the Sermon on the Mount while we were meditating on it together as a team a few days ago.  We call the beginning of that sermon The Beatitudes or The Blessings.

This week I’ve been chewing on letters from two friends in difficult circumstances.  One is dealing with harsh criticism and rejection from friends he is trying to serve.  Another is dealing with harsh opposition from others outside of his work.

This morning Renee and I prayed with a couple that are within 4 days of being evicted from their home with their 3 children.  The husband’s business is failing, and he has cancer.  He looked at me and said, “I’ve been praying and praying, and things just keep getting worse.  I’m t i r e d.” 
 

Yesterday I wandered through the day from expectation to expectation, duty to duty, desire to desire, task to task, and distraction to distraction.  At the end of the day I found that I had done a few good things and nothing obviously evil.

St. Irenaeus wrote: The glory of God is man fully alive.