Dallas Willard in the Divine Conspiracy proposes that the beginning of the most famous of Jesus' sermons, the "Sermon on the Mount", begins with what is actually a role call of sorts. In other words, he believes that Jesus is speaking to...
- the spiritually drained
- those hurting from loss
- the quite and gentle
- those who yearn to be more like God
- those who are merciful
- those whose heart's are pure
- those who mend broken relationships
- and those who are persecuted
May the drained be filled with the Spirit, the hurting find comfort, and the gentle find strength. Oh God please speak clearly to those who yearn to be more like you and be merciful to those who show mercy. Protect those whose hearts are pure from that which seeks to pollute them. Mend the broken and give them a peace that surpasses all understanding. Holy Spirit bind up the wounded and protect those who are persecuted for right living. Amen.