And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:1-10
Diving Right In
Faith calls us to dive right in
when the people around us misunderstand
when the tension tightens and voices rise
when there is no way out God is blessing us.
God calls us to take on the mantle of peace
when war is looming and when blame is spread
when mercy is spent and bellies are empty
when all the worst is upon us we are blessed.
We are called to embrace our losses and weep
when greed denies the needs of children
when dollars determine who is worth saving
when we dive right in against violence and hatred
when we look like fools to the world we are blessed.
Dive right in to the depths of love
let the waters and love surround
may we be a blessing the cursed and the broken
so that God can bless us all.