Beatitudes for this Week

Jesus felt the prayers and came out of the clouds, sat down to listen to deep cries of this world, this week.Then Jesus taught us, not to hunt for where we fit into receiving a blessing but for whom and how we should bless.

Bless those like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka who name the mental impact of spirit on body, changing athletics forever.

Bless comfortless parents of kidnapped children in Nigeria not returned this week.

Bless Afghans desperate and waiting to be re-homed in safety.

Bless those who hunger in Tigray, Ethiopia.

Bless the mudslide-ful of India, those crying and coping because of the Asian cyclone, the European floods, the American wildfires.

Bless those with Covid, with the Delta variant, with no access to vaccines, and all who struggle against the spread of disease.

Bless the weary peace-needers of Yemen, of Myanmar.

Bless LGBT+ people in Ghana who fear persecution, new prison sentences, death, for being themselves.

Rejoice, my friends, for every week, every day, every hour, there are those who need blessing, some far away, some in your own community, some in your own home.

Pray a blessing for them, the first half of a beatitude, for they need to be named. Always remember that the second half of a beatitude is held in human hands, your hands.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 27: Simone Biles of Team United States supports her team mates by carrying their chalk after pulling out after the vault during the Women’s Team Final on day four on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images. Public domain.
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6 Responses to Beatitudes for this Week

  1. So beautiful, Maren. Heartbreaking.

  2. Maren says:

    There is so very much, close and far away.

  3. Jo says:

    Again, thanks. Lovely and thoughtful, as are all your prayers.

  4. Maren says:

    You are very welcome.

  5. Thank you again for your gift of naming those in need, and praying compassionate prayer and blessing.

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