Blessed Are the Unemployed

So this is a blessing? We're blessed in being dependent, jobless, without resources, without status?

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The mercy transactions are an easier lesson. We've given and taken mercy over the years, this is familiar ground. Not so purity in heart. No wonder I don't see God very much.



I've never before lived the beatitudes as I'm living them now, or trying to. I still don't know what they mean, but I'm striving to direct my experience of joblessness through these steep, rocky, difficult words.



Jesus never said "Blessed are the unemployed." And if he had, I don't think he would have added "for they shall obtain a job." But he might have promised a radically transformed perspective on what it means to be blessed.

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