What Are Beatitudes for Children?

Beatitudes for children refers to various ways in which the Beatitudes, key elements of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, are related to young people. It may consist of such approaches as making the text's language more accessible to children or teaching mnemonic devices that help them remember individual portions.

The Beatitudes are located in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5:1-12. Each of them possesses the same essential structure but differing premises. For example, two of the most famous are "blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God," and "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." When presenting them to children, advocates suggest tailoring the wording to younger ears while retaining the essential message. For instance, when explaining "blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted," it is sufficient to simply teach that God promises us comfort when we need it.

There are a number of resources online aimed at helping children retain Biblical verses, particularly the Beatitudes. AKidsHeart.com, for one, offers a printable online match game in both English and Spanish, where children match the initial "Blessed" clause with the appropriately partnered ending.

GardenofPraise.com offers an audio version of the Biblical text, along with an essential analysis of each point, the attitudes they encourage in believers and references to other relevant texts.