Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Beatitudes

In honor of Mother's Day, I would like to share a poem that my mother-in-law wrote. 
It is about Jesus's sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes.  As a mother myself, I often wonder "Am I teaching Hagan worldly values or the values of Jesus?"  Please take a few minutes to read, I promise it is worth your time.

THE BEATITUDES
One night as I was lying, restless upon my bed-
My thoughts turned into thunderbolts, crashing through my head
So many unanswered questions, confusion filled my mind
Oh, How I would love to go away; to another place in time!
That’s when I must have drifted off- or was it a vision instead
At any rate I was no longer, lying upon my bed!
As I wondered just where I was, I saw a man standing high upon a hill
With throngs of people listening intently, so quietly and so still
Then It hit me out of the blue and I knew without a doubt
This man is Jesus and I’m hearing the“Sermon on the Mount!”
As I started moving closer, I knew this was probably a dream
But I needed to hear what he had to say, more than anything!
I heard his powerful voice telling me to RAISE MY CHILDREN RIGHT!!
How did He know that they were the reason; for my long sleepless night?
Again He seemed to single me out and asked me if All was well
I told Him that I had done my best as far as I could tell!
I taught my children to be strong, self sufficient, and all about self-worth!
To me He answered, “BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH!”
I told him that I had taught them to desire nothing but the best
He said “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THRIST AFTER MY RIGHTEOUSNESS!”
I taught my sons to stand their ground and never run from an angry mob
He said, “BLESSED ARE THE PEACE-MAKERS FOR THEY ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD!”
I said my sons are known for being high-spirited, ambitious and clever –
He said “BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN!”
But, my sons know how to experience life, so they will not be odd!
He said, “BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART, FOR THEY ARE THE ONES WHO SEE GOD!!”
Then I crumbled to His feet and cried OH Lord I have failed!!
That’s when He picked me up, with hands scared by nails
I could not see His face, but still He held my hands
“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED!”
With out-stretched hands He did more than gently lift me up
All of my confusion ended, with his powerful healing touch!!
When I awoke, I knew my life would never be the same
I knew somewhere in my restless night, He had called my name
With His touch He gave to me a brand-new attitude!
He changed my life, somewhere in the night
With the Beatitudes!!
- June Allen, written in 2000.

How amazing and heartfelt is this poem? Sometimes it is as simple as changing our attitudes.  Now that I am a mother, I appreciate it all the more.  Hope you enjoyed it and have a happy Mother's Day.  Motherhood is a blessed thing!

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