My Dear Congregation, This Week’s Devotion is on the Beatitudes. The Latin word beatus means happy! So it is on the Happinesses:
Matt. 5: 1 to 12:  And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:  And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
This is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, a centre piece of Christianity. Can you give yourself over to these words? Can you imagine to be amongst his disciples, hearing these words and being touched by them? This touch can heal us of the sores in our hearts, of whatever hurt us, of greed, of envy of righteousness or anything else which causes infirmity. So let us reflect on these beautiful words in our everyday lives this week and thereafter also, so that we walk in proper humility, praying that this might bring us closer to God.
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.