I think we might read the Beatitudes wrongly. I don't think that Jesus is saying that we are blessed because of the circumstances he lists (anymore than we should consider ourselves blessed because we aren't facing those circumstances). The thing is, we're blessed in any circumstances for one reason: We know a God who loves us and wants to be with us in all of our circumstances.
That's a large part of what this table is about. We are all welcome here because God loves us. At this table, we can bask in the presence of that love and go from it refreshed and restored and ready to face the circumstances of our lives.
Let us pray.
God whose love is greater than any of the circumstances we may find ourselves in, we thank you that you want to be present in our lives whatever those lives bring. We thank you for Jesus, who showed us your love in word and deed, even to the point of taking up the cross. We thank you for these symbols, the bread and the cup, that remind us of all he gave to show us your love.
As we take the bread and cup, renew your Spirit within us that we will go from here to share that love with those we meet.
In the name of Jesus, our Savior, Amen.