Social media is a blessing and a curse. The part that is so difficult is the encounter with hate that is ever present when you decide to be a part of an online community. Anonymous hatred is infectious. It was with great delight that I happened upon this statement from Nadia Bolz-Weber, and it is worthy of a transcription.

Blessed are the agnostics

Blessed are they that doubt, those that aren’t sure, those who can still be surprised

Blessed are those that have nothing to offer

Blessed are they for whom death is not an abstraction

Blessed are they that have buried their loved ones, for whom tears could fill an ocean

Blessed are they who have loved enough to know what loss feels like

Blessed are they that don’t have the luxury of taking things for granted anymore

Blessed are they that can’t fall apart because they have to keep it together for everyone else

Blessed are those that still aren’t over it yet

Blessed are those that mourn

Blessed are those that no one else notices, the kids who sit alone at a middle school lunch tables, the laundry guys at the hospital, the sex workers, the night shift street sweepers

Blessed are the forgotten

Blessed are the closetted

Blessed are the unemployed

Blessed are the unimpressive, the unrepresented

Blessed are the wrongly accused, the ones who never catch a break, the ones for who life is hard for

Jesus chose to surround himself with people like them

Blessed are those without documentation

Blessed are the ones without lobbyists

Blessed are those that make terrible business decisions for the sake of people

Blessed are the burned out social workers and the overworked teachers and the pro bono case takers

Blessed are the kind hearted NFL players and the fund raising trophy wives

Blessed are the kids that step between the bullies and the weak

Blessed is everyone who has ever forgiven me when I didn’t deserve it and

Blessed are the merciful for they totally get it

You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you


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