Chapter 4 of The Divine Conspiracy talks about the beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). Willard has his own interpretation of what Jesus was trying to get across which has generated some controversy both in my little circle and outside it. After reading the chapter again, I wrote this prayer that expresses how I feel.
Blessed are those who do not yet know God, for the joy of knowing Him is close at hand.
Blessed are the poor, for they have full access to the riches of the Kingdom of God.
Blessed are those who mourn, for God can comfort them.
Blessed are the meek, for God can give them courage.
Blessed are those who know God and are trying to follow Him, for He can show them the way.
Blessed are those who are mocked because of their faith, for God will ensure they can endure the ridicule.
Blessed are the oppressed, for they can find hope in God.
Blessed are the incarcerated, for their sins have been measured and can be forgiven.
Blessed are the thieves, the child molesters and the murderers for their salvation can bring great glory to God.Blessed are those who would seem to have everything, but don’t, for God can show me that He is all I need.