The Christian life. Where to begin? With nothing. A poem of the poor in spirit.

My title may seem a little cryptic, but what I mean will become clear in a minute. Recently, I heard a sermon which began at the beginning of Jesus' sermon on the mount, Matthew 5:1-6. The preacher taught that each beatitude referenced during the sermon on the mount is an automatic part of the Christian life, but through the help of God's Holy Spirit and His Word we can grow to better understand and live each one. The sermon inspired my following poem. I hope you enjoy it.




"Nothing"

by Sandy Kay Slawson


"Poor in spirit?

What does it mean?

A search of the scriptures,

And then a search of my soul,

Told me.

Tells me.

I was,

I am,

Completely,

Utterly,

Poor.

My hands were empty.

My hands are empty.

I have nothing.

Nothing.

Nothing,

To give God.

To recommend me.

To prove me worthy of anything.

Anything.

Anything.

Especially not forgiveness,

Grace,

Mercy,

Love.

I am poor.

Poor in spirit.

I hold out my empty hands.

I hold them out to God.

I have nothing, Lord.

He reached out to me,

Pulled me to Himself.

Held me.

Holds me.

And I know,

I have everything.

Everything.

Everything."





I hope your new year has begun well and that your Christmas was fabulous. May the Lord God bless you and your families with Faith, Hope and Love. In Jesus' name. Come again next time where I hope to share another poem inspired by the beatitudes.



In Christ,

Sandy


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