Blessed are the Key Workers. I can't say that I have crowds or that I am in anyway like Jesus, although I am but that's a discussion for another day, I wanted to write a post that explained what Key Workers are, who they are and what they do.
I don't know about you, but when Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Tuesday 18th March and said schools were to close on Friday 21st March I had a very limited view on what a Key Worker was. I thought it was nurses and doctors, you know front line NHS staff, and truly blessed are to have them.
Slowly through social media, I learnt that a Key Worker actually included people I hadn't thought of. Like me. And that children of Key Workers could, in theory still attend school. I made the decision early on that we would make do. I felt that we could manage without school and it was important to decrease the burden on our schools at this time.
You see a Key Worker isn't someone who just directly saves lives, it is anyone who supports the NHS to keep operating safely. When you start extrapolating what that looks like it means vast swathes of the workforce are indeed Key Workers . Blessed are the Key Workers.
So with thanks to Matthew chapter 5 verses 1 through 12 I give you the modern take on the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes for the Corona Crisis
The Corona Crisis Beatitudes for a Modern Global Pandemic
Blessed are our Frontline NHS and Allied Health Professionals. From the anaesthetists, surgeons, nurses, to the scientific researchers, the porters security staff and cleaners. All of whom are one body, working to save those who are afflicted with this terrible virus, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who work in Education and Childcare The teachers and teaching assistants, nursery staff and social workers, all school staff such as cleaners, caretakers, pupil escorts (me), dinner ladies (also me), pastoral care teams and all those who I haven't mentioned who keep our schools and our precious children safe and educated. And provide a safe place so group one can continue doing the work, for they will be comforted. And blessed with two weeks off at Easter (it is Palm Sunday today)
Blessed are our Key Public Services Included in this list are funeral directors and all involved in "managing the deceased", all religious staff, and journalists (all of them, sorry even Piers Morgan for whom I have new found respect, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are our Local and National Government This includes all administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid 19 response or delivering essential public services, including the payment of benefits for they shall be filled. Politicians don't get a mention in this description.
Blessed are our Food and Other Necessary Goods workers, all those who are involved in the production and sale of food, including delivery drivers, supermarket staff, and all those making coffee, especially them, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are those who Work in Public Safety and National Security My heart is particularly with the Police who at this time are enforcing socially distancing measures, basically arresting numptes and bellends who think that its ok to sun themselves in groups on beaches and parks, endangering the lives of the vulnerable. Included also are prison staff, and are Defence staff and all those in supporting capacities, for they will see God.
Blessed are those who Work in Transport those who will keep air, water, road and tail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid 19 response, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are the Utilities, Communication and Financial Services staff who are required to keep all our utilities and communications systems operating. Some of these people are working very fast to build systems that don't exist as yet, thinking of our field hospitals who need a vast array of these sort of functions in order to safely operate. Those who work in postal services and banking for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. And a reminder that you can't take it with you, so if you are working in these fields and blessed with large amounts of money, be kind and spread your resources.
The Beatitudes go on to say this "blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven and for the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
So this Palm Sunday let us tweet #BlessedaretheKeyWorkers and support them in their work. Make their days easier, and do the right thing.