When prepping a sermon, a preacher usually gathers much more information than they need. The work is to distill all the collected pieces into a coherent whole that ministers and speaks life to those who have come to worship. This morning as I begin the work of studying and thinking for the Sunday ahead, I ran across an article by David Lose on the site I frequent in the early days of preparation on Abbey Way's continuing study on the Beatitudes. I am not sure if any of what it says on the experience of "blessing" and being "blessed" will filter down and remain in the crafting of this week's sermon on Matthew 5:8 but I want to share what Dr. Lose says with you. Here it is...