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The Beatitudes

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My spiritual life is less straightforward than is the case with some people – while I identify strongly with the teachings of Jesus found in the Bible I also believe the Qur’an is the divine revelation it says it is.

One of my favourite passages of Scripture in the New Testament is the teaching of Jesus known as the Beatitudes, which I will share below. They are wonderful and have a grounding effect, perhaps you can relate:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The above Scripture comforted me today. I am troubled that I’m still in hospital and can’t seem to get discharged. I know I must simply carry on, stay prayerful and positive, and wait for God’s perfect timing.

Thanks be to God.