My friend Pastor Ken Wilson from the Vineyard Churches wrote this variation on the Beatitudes. As anyone working to conserve nature is steeped in bad news and must work from hope, this reminds us of the power and beauty at the core of our concerns and efforts. – Carl
The Beatitudes for Ecologists/Environmentalists
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who know how little they know and are therefore willing to listen to the world to see what it says about itself. Theirs is the path that leads to whatever wonder there is to be found.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are those who understand that all is not well. Blessed are those unwilling to drink the Kool-Aid of false hope that says otherwise. Blessed are those who know we are in the process of losing something. They are the ones with any real of hope of changing things.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who understand that the earth is a gift of inestimable worth. In the end, they are the only ones in a position to receive it.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are those whose souls ache with a sharp craving for things to be better, for the wrongs we are inflicting to be righted, for the course we’re on to be corrected. Those who have such hunger are the first in line for its filling.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are those who long to use their power to give what is endangered a chance. Blessed are those inclined to cut what is standing in the path of our greed some slack. They’ll be given the slack they need to survive when the time comes.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are those willing to refuse illusion. They are the ones with a vision ruthless enough to perceive God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
Blessed are those willing to do what needs to be done with those who are needed to do it. Blessed are those who are eager to make of their adversaries, allies. Blessed are those who are willing to call it creation if it will help to save it. They will be called cooperators with the divine.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those whose concern for the forests earns them the “tree-hugger” title. Blessed are those whose love for the planet puts them in the “wacko” category. They are the ones who love heaven enough to want to bring it back to earth.