Here’s a litany of confession and assurance inspired by the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12 and Luke 6:20-22). It was written by Katherine Hawker.
(inspired by Matthew 5:3-12, Luke 6:20-22)
Blessed are we when we let go of possessions
for the kingdom of God unfolds in open places.
Woe to us when we gather into barns
for soon this life will be over.
Blessed are we who know the ache of hunger
for the empty places in body and soul are the fertile soil for new growth.
Woe to us who fill our lives to capacity
for we fail to recognize what is missing.
Blessed are we who know sorrow
for the ache of love lost is witness to the seed planted.
Woe to us who have yet to know the pain of grief
for the fullness of love is woven with sorrow.
Blessed are we who know scorn
for the rejection of humans keeps us mindful of that beyond.
Woe to us who depend on the approval of others
for to dance with Spirit appears foolish.
Blessed are we who live in the harmony of life in the Spirit,
For we will recognize abundance. Amen.
~ written by Katherine Hawker (2004), and posted on Liturgy Outside. http://liturgyoutside.net/beatitudes.pdf