by Thomas A. Stobie, S.F.O.
Read and pause often to think what is mentioned as it applies to your life.
Meditation on Being Poor in Spirit
What is Being Poor in Spirit? - Let us first examine what it is not.
Now let us consider what Being Poor in Spirit truly means.
Poor in Spirit means acknowledging God's ownership of everything and that we are responsible to be good stewards of those things with which we have be blessed. Our attitude should be one of faithful servants and not one of pride, envy, lust, and gluttony. We are called to use what we have and are given to provide for ourself and serve God's people.
O Generous & Loving God,
We thank for You all things that we have, the people around us, and the abilities You have granted us.
Help us to understand that these things, people, and abilities, were given to us for the service of Your people and not for our own gratification, power, or pride. Help us to humbly accept Your gifts and the bounty of life, never letting the acquisition of possessions become a endgoal in itself.
Help us to be good stewards of those things with which You have blessed us, considering not only our needs and wants but the needs of others as well, remembering that everything good comes from You and that someday we will join You with nothing but ourselves.
Help us to respect all people regardless of what they have or can do for us.
Help us to be Poor in Spirit and keep our focus on You.
Meditation by Thomas A. Stobie, SFO © 2002-8. Permission granted to copy for personal use.
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