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Living the Beatitudes

Rebekah Domer is blogging her way through the Beatitudes, the opening lines of the Sermon on the Mount, spoken by Jesus as a guide to his followers and disciples. But Rebekah believes the Beatitudes are much more than a historical speech; they are a template for disciples today. Almost every problem that we face, whether in relationships, parenting, education, or healthcare, find an answer in Jesus’ simple blessings – if only we look for them there.

With extensive experience in hospice care and chaplaincy in both the United Kingdom and United States, and having cared for her disabled sister as well as two aging parents, Rebekah is uniquely qualified to see Jesus’ blessings in those rejected by society: the meek, the humble, the lowly. Drawing on her own life’s journey and the stories of those she’s met along the way, Rebekah’s series is packed with advice and encouragement, depth and humor.

Rebekah says, “I hope that the readers of my Beatitude postings will join me on this journey, asking questions and providing insights from their own experiences and understanding of the Gospel. I want to plumb the depths of the Beatitudes, and learn, through them, to become a person of the kingdom of which Jesus spoke from a grassy hilltop in Judea long ago. ”

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Here’s the complete text of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1–12, ESV):

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to 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 those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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Rebekah Domer

Rebekah Domer

Since Rebekah’s upbringing at the Woodcrest Bruderhof in New York, life has taken her on many diverse assignments, from the...

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