“”You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.” -Matthew 5:3-9 (The Message version)

Yes/No Meditation “Lord, Help Us to say No” Meditation from Stages on the Way, Wild Goose Worship Group, p. 35

[Imagine a lot of candles around a rugged cross as we reflect on letting go of some things and embracing others.]

A: When advertisements offer us everything, if only we have the money; and you offer everything if only we do if we with less,
Lord, help us to say, “No,”
(Blow out a candle)
And help us to say, “Yes.”
(Light candle at the foot of the cross)

B: When the easier way to succeed means we lose our integrity, but the harder way, means we lose our pride.
Lord, help us to say, “No,”
(Blow out a candle)
And help us to say, “Yes.”
(Light candle at the foot of the cross)

A: When the church wants us to conform and be nice, and you want us to rebel and be real,
Lord, help us to say, “No,”
(Blow out a candle)
And help us to say, “Yes.”
(Light a candle at the foot of the cross)

B: When our friends don’t respect what we count as important, and we feel like giving in, just to save face,
Lord, help us to say, “No,”
(Blow out a candle)
And help us to say, “Yes.”
(Light a candle at the foot of the cross)

A: When we feel you have let us down and we want to leave you, but we know we left you behind before we ever started,
Lord, help us to say, “No,”
(Blow out a candle)
And help us to say, “Yes.”
(Light a candle at the foot of the cross)

B: When we have come to a cross roads and we don’t know where to turn, but we know that to stand still is the greater danger,
Lord, help us to say, “No,”
(Blow out a candle)
And help us to say, “Yes.”
(Light a candle at the foot of the cross)
A: (Facing the Cross) Jesus Christ, the Son of God, you walked among us and gave everything for us. You are not one who is “yes” and “no.” On the contrary, you are the “yes” to all of God’s promises. To you, we say, “Yes.”