The following was put on facebook by a URC colleague of mine Paul Bridges:
The Beatitudes for a lockdown community:
When Jesus saw people locked down in their houses and unable to walk through the streets, he spoke to them saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who are tired and struggling, aching for the chance to see family and friends for real. Blessed are those who take the time to call or zoom an otherwise forgotten neighbour. Blessed are those who are working all hours so that others can be safe. Blessed are those for whom staying in means being at risk. Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are those who mourn for people who have died. And blessed are those who mourn because they could not say goodbye. Blessed are those who take the place of family at the time of passing. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those whose actions are only now being recognised and valued - the minimum wage workers who make our lives possible. Blessed are those whose work has always been essential and blessed are those who now see this. Blessed are those who are risking their health to care for those we cannot care for. Blessed are those who leave a can of beans and a toilet on the shop shelf for someone else to buy. Blessed are those who wheel down the wheelie bin of the isolated household next door. Blessed are the babies born into the midst of this. Blessed are those who help someone they have never before met. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled. Blessed are the foodbanks, advice services, the charity workers and helpers. Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy. Blessed are those who are trying to work at home and home educate at the same time. Blessed are those who have got zoom working and those who haven't. Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Blessed are those who see God in the rainbows and the clapping - in the helpers and the helped - in a new understanding of family, community and society. Blessed are those who see this not as the beginning or the end. Blessed are those who can - in whatever way - be still and know God.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Amen
God bless you all and stay safe