Bright Blessings

Scott Nichols

READ : Matthew 5:1-16

The Church of the Beatitudes sits upon a beautiful hill, forming a natural amphitheater, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. In your mind’s eye you can picture the crowds seated upon the outcroppings of stone, basking in the cool breezes, listening to Jesus teach. All around the mountain is some of the most fertile land in the world. Estimates are that they can get 18 cuttings of alfalfa a year! What better place to speak of the bountiful blessings that are available to the disciples of our Lord!

The church itself is a marvelous structure designed with eight wings, one for each beatitude. Around the ceiling are those same beatitudes done in glorious stained glass. We were there early in the morning and as the sun streamed through, it cast brilliant multi-colored light upon the whole interior.

As I reflect on that sight, I am reminded of the story of a little boy who grew up in a church with many stained glass windows that he saw every Sunday. One day he was asked by his Sunday school teacher, “What is a saint?” And he replied, “It is someone who light shines through!” That little boy had it right. Didn’t Jesus Himself say, “Let your light so shine before men”? Don’t keep the blessings to yourself. Share them with others as you reflect the light of God.

Discuss: How can I let Christ shine through me?

PRAYER

Lord, make me a blessing to someone today. Amen