When their hearts could not sing, Moose and June thanked their Creator for the melodies of nature.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
—Matthew 5:11, 12 KJV
Inside their ship barn, safe from the threatening forest fire, Moose almost didn’t hear the neighbors’ jeers as he tasted the fresh tomato pizza June had baked.
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
—Matthew 5:10 KJV
Moose finally inspired Prickles, a valentine gift to June, to uncurl when they discovered a mutual love of watermelon.
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
—Matthew 5:9 KJV
One early spring morning, Zeke surprised Rosita with several lilies of the valley from her forest garden.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
—Matthew 5:8 KJV
When Susanna caught Orion sampling the blue apple pie she had baked for the county fair, she added whipped cream and savored her share.
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”
—Matthew 5:7 KJV
While Moby’s Steak n’ Bake claimed bigger means better, Sam’s Steel Oats café allowed the Agate Beach community to choose health over wealth.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
—Matthew 5:6 KJV
As the long road to recovery stretched before them after the war, Jeb surprised Judy and Cream by suggesting they hold a peach potluck in their orchard to share their future with the local neighbors.
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
—Matthew 5:5 KJV
When an orphan colt refused to drink from a bottle, Zeke knew the colt would survive when Caleb tore up his new cotton shirt to dip in warm milk.
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
—Matthew 5:4 KJV
A child’s smile rewarded June for her annual volunteer week of cleaning and pressing at her laundry business.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
—Matthew 5:3 KJV