On the Eighth Day of Christmas Ali added this to her list: “God has blessed us and will continue to bless us.”
On the Eighth Day of Christmas, Ali was introduced to the eight Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-10:
Matthew 5:1-10 NIV — Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:
“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 be shown 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 because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“In the Beatitudes, Jesus described the present and future blessings of those who possess the spiritual character traits of citizens of his Kingdom. These eight attributes are the hallmarks and goals of all Christians.” (From Twelve Days of Christmas: A Devotional by Janet Kaderli)