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Sunday, October 28, 2007

God’s Dwelling Place is Poverty

“How can we embrace poverty as a way to God when everyone around us wants to become rich? Poverty has many forms. We have to ask ourselves, ‘What is my poverty?’ Is it lack of money, lack of emotional stability, lack of a loving partner, lack of security, lack of safety, lack of self-confidence? Each human being has a place of poverty. That’s the place where God wants to dwell! “How blessed are the poor.” Jesus says (Matthew 5:3). This means that our blessing is hidden in poverty. We are also inclined to cover up our poverty and ignore it that we often miss the opportunity to discover God, who dwells in it. Let’s dare to see our poverty as the land in which our treasure is hidden.”
by Henri Nouwen

3 comments:

Raby Savage said...

Great food for thought!

Anonymous said...

I've begun to count on Homeless In America to help expose my own poverty. It is more than a site about homelessness. It has helped me to find God - to be less self-righteous - to be less judgmental of others. Lately, I find myself being more patient, more tolerant of others and more understanding of their weaknesses.

mary pendergest said...

Poverty exists in human hearts, minds and souls. It does not always expose itself in materialism.