Modified by Kim from writings of Nadia Bolz Weber and amended for a British contemporary context, used in Eucharist at the Upper Room 13/7/18:
Contemporary Beatitudes: You are of Heaven and Jesus blesses you …
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the agnostics. Blessed are they who doubt. Blessed are they who are spiritually impoverished by feeling they have all the answers. Blessed are those who have nothing to offer. Blessed are they for whom nothing seems to be working. Blessed are those who take care of all our rubbish. Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are those on zero hours contracts. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are they for whom death is a real experience. Blessed are they who have buried their loved ones; their 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 don’t have the luxury of taking things for granted any more. 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 the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who no one else notices. The kids who sit alone at school lunch tables. The laundry guys at the hospital. The sex-workers and the night shift street sweepers. Blessed are the losers and the babies and those who don’t want to make eye contact with a world that only loves the winners. Blessed are the forgotten. Blessed are the closeted. 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 those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the wrongly accused, the ones who never catch a break, the ones for whom life is hard – for they are those with whom Jesus chose to surround himself. Blessed are those without a country or documentation, the asylum seekers and refugees. Blessed are foster kids and trophy kids and special needs kids and every other kid who just wants to feel safe and loved and never does. Blessed are the kids separated from their parents at the border and kept in cages. 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. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are those who make terrible business decisions for the sake of employing people. Blessed are the burnt-out social workers, despairing health visitors and over worked teachers, and the lawyers who work for legal aid. Blessed are the kids who step in between the bullies and the weak. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you. Amen.