J. Marshall Jenkins

Author, Therapist, Spiritual Director

Praying for What You Want

Why petitionary prayer is much more than treating God like a short-order cook.

Privilege and the Compassion Deficit

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy (Matthew 5:7). I was born into privilege.  More than I can deserve, being white, male, and heterosexual made the way easier, and I benefitted from the support of many.  I accept that, and I thank my parents and all who gave me so much. Yet, nothing […]

Acceptance Amid the Unacceptable

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness’ sake, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6). Sitting in centering prayer, moving inwardly away from searching and analyzing and just returning moment-by-moment to silent presence, I see so much more of myself.  By not trying to see, I see. Often a companion comes clear previously unnoticed in the […]

Dr. King’s Medicine

J. Marshall Jenkins, Ph.D. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). On the day after my birth in 1957, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a Christmas sermon, “Loving Your Enemies,”[1] at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.  Of course, I never heard it. I only read the text decades […]

Let Go and Grab a Mooring

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). Our presumed life stories roll like movies in our heads.  These stories bring our spirits to life.  When we see our lives moving toward a meaningful climax, passion and purpose rise, mobilizing us to make our mark. But these stories can tear us […]

Buck the System. Accept God’s Love.

Many find it challenging to accept God’s love. Here’s a way to understand that and beat it.

Before Christmas Memories Fade

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:11-12). Before holiday memories fade, let’s review the […]

Top Posts for 2014

      In July 2014, I started the Beatitudes Blog to encourage people in emotional pain.  Every brief post sheds light on the Beatitudes and invites readers to let the blessings flourish amid their suffering. Whether you have been following all along or this is your first visit, let’s celebrate together by taking a […]

Peace and the Christ Child

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9). During Advent, churchgoers often hear John’s magisterial prologue which includes this haunting irony: “The Word…was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet, the world did not know him” (John 1:1, 10).  What kind of “world” is […]

Christmas Every Day

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8). Loneliness obviously brings to mind alienation from others.  Yet, loneliness can also stem from alienation from the self.  Often at the heart of feeling like you don’t belong lies perplexity about yourself. The holidays pull you in many directions.  Amid shopping and […]