Blessed are the ____ for they shall ______
The Beatitudes are a series of blessings
well-known by most Christians.
Usually when I read them, I think:
They are for others
… those folks long ago …
or “hurting” folks today.
But rarely do I see myself in them!
I’m not trapped…
I’m not hurting THAT much!
… or am I?
How are we hurting?
Each of us has an area of vulnerability.
Each of us has a past that haunts us when we give it permission to emerge.
Each of us has need for forgiveness.
None of us is immune
from identification with the Beatitudes.
in the Sermon on the Mount (The Book of Matthew, chapter 5:1-12) blessing the:
- poor in spirit,
- those who mourn,
- the meek,
- pure in heart,
- those who are persecuted and insulted.
He told each of those how they would be blessed and invited each to “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…”
The blessings included:
- The Kingdom of Heaven
- inheritance of the land
- seeing God
In The Artist’s Rule,
the book I am reading/studying, by Christine Valters Paintner,
we were invited to write our own Beatitudes.
I invite you to try it, too. It was an enlightening exercise.
Let me share my results with you:
Blessed are the broken,
….. may they find the Glue of God.
Blessed are those in pain,
….. for their endurance is heartening.
Blessed are the parents who’ve lost children or spouses,
….. for their pain is unfathomable, but their love is endless.
Blessed are those who serve others,
….. may they also be served.
Blessed are the lonely,
….. may they feel the presence of God.
Blessed are the homeless,
….. may they know the Promise of their eternal home.
Blessed are the caregivers,
….. for their compassion is great.
Blessed are those who seek to know God,
….. for He is in them.
Blessed are we in our imperfection,
….. for we recognize the One who is Perfect.
Blessed are the lame,
….. for their perseverance strengthens us all.
Blessed are the weathered,
….. for they have dwelt in the sun.
Blessed are the scarred,
….. for they have fought the battle and won.
Blessed are the tarnished,
….. for they shall sparkle with the balm of forgiveness.
We all are tarnished.
… all in need of blessings.
Which blessing do you need most?
God bless you!