When I read the beatitudes for the first time as a child, I remember thinking: “I choose pure in heart.”  The other options all seemed to have some downside.  Life has taught me to appreciate this passage better.  I titled this the Bee-attitudes because I think it helps to have the attitude of a bee to understand the passage:  “Yes, I sting, but I also make honey and help flowers grow!”

I’ve lived long enough to be on the other side of some of these “blessings.” I think I emerged from the experiences with a little bit more wisdom and a deeper understanding of love.  And yes, I learned to trust in the sovereignty of God amidst darkness and uncertainty.  (Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven).  It is radical uncertainty, those sink or swim moments, that teach us to lean on God and find our trust in Him because there’s just no other way forward.  I may never be able to articulate everything that I learned, but the lessons have been a wondrous gift to me for life.  There is a quote by Sigmund Freud that sums it up for me, “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”


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