In Sunday School we’re beginning the portion of our Submerge curriculum that leads us through the events that culminate on that glorious Easter Sunday morning. Last Sunday we talked about happiness. Most specifically we talked about spiritual happiness. Our session focused on the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus got down to the specifics of what the Kingdom of God would look like and who the Kingdom of God is for.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness; sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Basically Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is meant for everyone, including those that society usually pushes aside and pretends don’t exist. Jesus welcomes everyone.
In our class this past Sunday, we talked about the Kingdom of God actually being a euphamism for happiness, or more specifically spiritual happiness. We talked in depth about happiness and how people who are going through a miserable experience could actually still be happy. We talked about spiritual happiness, trusting in God’s plan and knowing God has our back, as being a big part of being able to know that even while we’re going through something awful, we can still be happy in the knowledge that there’s a purpose to everything, even the yucky stuff we have to go through.
Being filled with spiritual happiness helps us recover emotionally from difficult circumstances. And that, my friends, is all we can really ask for.
With peace and love I’ll see you on Sunday.
Your Sunday School Director