“Blessed are the nice people” plaque

Oh Lord,

Blessed are the nice people,
The listening people,
The smiling people.

Blessed are those
Whose hearts break with yours,
Who carry your protest signs when you give up,
Who link arms in solidarity.

Blessed are the exhausted people,
The discouraged and broken people,
The preyed-upon.

And Lord,
Blessed are your ministers,
Your prophets and artists,
Your pastors and teachers,
Your chaplains and preachers
Who are any and ALL of these blessed people
And still pour out love
And hope and joy
To the blessed and hurting people.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn is a hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists, and Assistant Minister at Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, MD. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan down to her scarlet-painted toes!

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