Saturday, June 13, 2009

Blessed are those..

Blessed are the pleacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matt 5:9
He is the ultimate peace maker and like all-purpose flour, He is the all-purpose remedy.

Blessed are the the pure of heart, for they shall see God. Matt. 5:8
These children don't have much, but God will bless them for their innocence.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matt. 5:4
This is the front door of the Hope House, showing the door into the dining room, the door into the (what I like to call) refrigerator room, the door to the back wash room, and the back door. I picked this beatitude for the picture because, some of the unique and special girls have gone through so much, and look...they are comforted with an amazing opportunity to close the door to the life they might of had, and walk through an open door of opportunity.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matt 5:5
This is the sewage system, lining every road on either side. This is unbearable to an average American and completely normal to a resident of this town.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matt. 5:6
God is always going to provide, He just wants us to quench a relationship with Him. These are the water buckets in the Hope House.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:3
These were a couple of ladies sitting on the side of the street selling fruit for a living...Through the burning sun, and the blistering cement, they continue their lifestyle...So strong.
In a conversation earlier in the week, we don't need to sell our house, clothes, and all our fortune because we feel bad about the poor people living the way they do. Like we have to feel their pain in order to relieve that guilty feeling we have. Helping people is a choice. The quantity given is not so much the issue. Some give more than others, some have more than others to give. Its all about the heart...our mentality. I was reading the other day and two verses kind of coincided in my perspective.
The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. Psalm 7:8. Then in Chapter nine of the same book, verse 18, For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
That is so hopeful in the sense that God is taking care of the poor, the rich, the good 'ole average western American, and the red dot Indian gypsies, along with everyone in between.
Blessed are those people.


Popcorn said...

E.P. your blog is so awesome. I just read E's and now yours and I can't stop with the tears. The little girls at Hope House will never forget this visit. They will cling to the Lord for their strength. Take care of that toe girl and safe travels. Let the moms and dads hear from ya'll by phone soon. Does Michelle have a blog?

Anonymous said...

Elise - this was your best blog yet. No, guilt is not what should come out of this trip but a sincere appreciation for what God has granted us. Thank you for the reminder. I love you.

Marinda said...

That was a neat way to express the beatitudes with those pictures. Wow.