Beatitudes for a Tough Year

CW: This post mentions death, mental health, and violence. Readers’ discrection is advised.

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

Blessed are the poor in spirit; those isolated and alone; those crippled by anxiety and depression; those who can’t face getting out of bed for another day; those contemplating ending things; those who have reached the end of their rope and can’t see another way to hang on. For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn; those who have lost loved ones and are going to lose loved ones; those who mourn deaths that could have been prevented; those who mourn those who died due to incompetence or negligence; those who mourn loss of jobs, income, homes, security, peace of mind, joy. For they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek; those who empathise with others; those willing to listen and learn from the experiences of others; those who make room for others; those who care for others regardless of who they are or what they believe; those who are patient in hope; those who forgive others knowing this is a tough time. For they will inherit the earth.

Weyden, Rogier van der, 1399 or 1400-1464. Mary’s Tears, detail from Descent from the Cross, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55988  Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Weyden,_Rogier_van_der_-_Descent_from_the_Cross_-_Detail_women_(left).jpg

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; who continue to call out our government’s failures; those fighting for free and fair elections; those who persevere in the face of facism and voter suppression, those who abhor inequality and stigmatisation of the poor; those who literally hunger and thirst due to cruel government policy; those who want action rather than more conversation. For they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful; those who understand this is a difficult time for all; those who put up with us not being at our best; those who accommodate us to make things easier; those who extend our deadlines and cancel our debts; those who offer us a way out of our problems; those who show us love regardless of what we do. For they will receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart; those who aren’t swayed by divisive narratives and tribalism; those who in the face of everything still love their neighbour; those who use their anger as a catalyst; those who forget themselves and share God’s abundant love; those who look for God in everyone and all things; those who say “thy will be done”. For they will see God.


Sutter, James D.. War and Peace, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56959  Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fine_Art,_War_and_peace_(Honorable_Mention)_141202-F-PO994-001.jpg

Blessed are the peacemakers; those who see our world becoming more divided; those seeking to bind communities together; those who seek justice as a prerequisite for peace; those who offer safe havens for those fleeing violence; those who make peace with a year they can’t control; those who are making peace with themselves and practising self-care. For they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake; those who are shunned for speaking truth to power; those who aren’t afraid of losing status for doing what’s right; those who live unapologetically authenticity; those who are persecuted simply for existing. For theirs’ is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you, who tries your best, who carries in on the face of all this year has brought. God’s love for you is boundless and unending. May you know that God delights in you and knows your pain. You are loved, child of God.

Mjassojedow, Grigorij Grigorjewitsch. The Bread Line, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46560  Original source: http://www.yorckproject.de.
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