Our sermon series throughout lent has been called ‘beautiful attitudes’, and has examined Jesus’ teachings often known as the beatitudes. But understanding what the beatitudes mean for us is an ongoing challenge. How can we be blessed when we mourn or are meek, or are suffering?
In our latest Re:fresh service, Emily shared the following poem, which puts the teaching of Jesus into perspective. You might like to read it, think it through and pray. How does God speak to you in your situation. How can you be someone who is blessed, and is a blessing to others? How is God speaking to you today?
Blessed are they…
Blessed are the agnostics.
Blessed are they who doubt.
Blessed are those who have nothing to offer.
Blessed are they for whom nothing seems to be working.
Blessed are the children who cut in the line for communion.
Blessed are the poor in spirit. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.
Blessed are they who have buried their loved ones, for whom tears are as real as an ocean.
Blessed are they who have loved enough to know what loss feels like.
Blessed are the mothers of the miscarried.
Blessed are they who can’t fall apart because they have to keep it together for everyone else.
Blessed are the motherless, the alone, the ones from whom so much has been taken.
Blessed are those who “still aren’t over it yet”.
Blessed are they who laughed again when for so long they thought they never would.
Blessed are those who mourn. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.
Blessed are those who no one else notices.
Blessed are the forgotten. The sex-workers and the night shift street sweepers
Blessed are the unemployed, the unimpressive, the underrepresented.
Blessed are the teens who have to figure out ways to hide the new cuts on their arms.
Blessed are the meek. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.
Blessed are the wrongly accused.
Blessed are the illegal immigrants.
Blessed are the ones without anyone to fight for them.
Blessed are foster children.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Blessed are they who know there has to be more than this. Because they are right.
Blessed are the burnt-out social workers and the over worked teachers.
Blessed are the kids who step between the bullies and the weak.
Blessed are they who delete hateful, homophobic comments off their friend’s Facebook page.
Blessed is everyone who has ever forgiven me when I didn’t deserve it.
Blessed are the merciful for they totally get it.
From Nadia Bolz Weber’s Sermon on the Beatitudes November 6, 2014 http://www.nadiabolzweber.com/uncategorized/some-modern-beatitudes-a-sermon-for-all-saints-sunday.htm