Persecuted

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven[1] Abandoned and marginalized, it’s difficult to bear bias, harder to endure injustice to suffer inequality. Thus, disregarded by blind eyes, marginalized, and abandoned the consigned, to the dung heap, hope for delayed gratification. Uprightness demands commitment, truth always asksContinue reading “Persecuted”

Peacemaker

Blessed are the peacemaker for they will be called children of God[1] Peace does not deliver justice… to make peace involves everyone’s sacrifice for the common good. Pacificism deescalates, submits right action as good will, and thus, promotes freedom from strife. Communion asks all get along – simply dwell non-competitively as neighbors not adversaries. ReconciliationContinue reading “Peacemaker”

Merciful

Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.[1] Above peace, empathy’s comfort, beyond justice, compassion’s heart, hence harmony’s restoration. Cooperation heals our wounds, our listening first, speaks volumes, and keeps judgment from directing. Forgiving includes forgetting – unfailing generosity fulfills unconditional love, Intrinsic to our covenant, relief precludes anxiety, concern excludes retribution. ThoseContinue reading “Merciful”

Faithful

Blessed are you when people insult you, lie about you because of me, for you will be rewarded.[1] It is truly hard to be calm amid gross misunderstanding… peaceful about malicious slurs. It is tough when slander becomes accepted as orthodoxy… false prophets become truth-bearers. Unconditional love affords a life of real relationship – standardContinue reading “Faithful”

Skinned Alive

Like Mother Earth, our skin is multilayered and it is essential to our existence. Skin promotes touch sensation, maintains body temperature regulation, provides harmful elements protection… Like Mother Earth, our skin is both precious and frail. Parts of us are thick-skinned and like mountains not much bothers us – difficult to get under the skin.Continue reading “Skinned Alive”

More Beatitudes

Some contemporary practices I believed condoned by God: Blessed are those who listen, for they will find accord Blessed are the marginalized, for they will be sustained Blessed are the builders of bridges, for they will be welcomed. Blessed are the truth-tellers, for they will have peace of mind. Blessed are the contrite for theyContinue reading “More Beatitudes”

Magnanimous

When we get our worldly way, often the feat’s apparent success is undone and comes under assault with an unintended result. Naturally we chafe under trial and fret with tribulation, especially at our undoing and motives misconstruing. Hardship nurtures strength. It creates possibility and fosters our assurance in God’s faithful endurance. “I have told youContinue reading “Magnanimous”