Poverty

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."1

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."2

He Lifts The Lowly

All that I am is His free gift;
All that I have: my gifts to share;
All I can be -- found in the lift
Of my life in His Hand so fair!

He holds His bird next to His heart;
With gentle hand, He coddles it.
He feeds it and holds it apart,
From all that pulls and troubles it.

The little bird, with grateful eyes,
Looks to his Master's hand in need.
He folds his wings and holds his cries;
He trusts his Master's hand will feed.

The poor in spirit are held close;
They find the Kingdom in His Hand.
What costs their pride and hurts the most
They hold in stride at His command.

The poor in heart look to His hand
With grateful love; without demand.



(c) Paul Buis, 2000

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1. Matthew 5:3
2. Matthew 11: 29-30