Blessed are those…….

by Karen Knudtson, posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Some of us marched with our friends at the Women’s March, alongside millions around the world. Our nation should be a beacon of hope, a place of dignity and freedom for all people. God blesses those on the margins and we should always remember ‘the least of these.’

Consider these words, a version of the Beatitudes, written by Emily from St. Lydia’s stlydias.org. adapted for the moment.

Blessed are the poor.

Blessed are the meek.

Blessed are the refugees.

Blessed are the undocumented.

Blessed are the immigrants.

Blessed are the compassionate.

Blessed are the uninsured.

Blessed are those with preexisting conditions.

Blessed are those suffering from mental illness.

Blessed are those suffering from addiction.

Blessed are the pure in heart.

Blessed are the activists.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Blessed are the persecuted.

Blessed are those who have suffered oppression.

Blessed are those who speak the truth.

Blessed are those who seek liberation.

Blessed are those who cry, “Black Lives Matter.”

Blessed are those who are Black and blessed are their bodies.

Blessed are those who are indigenous and blessed are their bodies.

Blessed are those who are differently abled, and blessed are their bodies.

Blessed are those who are women and blessed are their bodies.

Blessed are those who are LGBTQ and blessed are their bodies.

Blessed are those who are Muslim, and blessed are their bodies.

Blessed are those who live below the poverty line.

Blessed are those who work two jobs.

Blessed are the merciful.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

-Matthew 5:1-11,
Amen. 
May it be so.