Poor in Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit

for theirs is the kingdom of God[1]

Conventional wisdom suggests

poor in spirit is humbleness –

unconditional empathy.

It’s accepting powerlessness…

life is not what’s in it for me

and love is non-competitive.

It’s receptive to the spirit…

selflessness is untouched by sin

and resistant to all judgment.

It’s openness to God’s presence…

communion submits to guidance

and enjoys possibilities.

Those who follow attentively

will be accompanied by God.


[1] Matthew 5: 3

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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