"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure
buried in a field, which a person finds and
hides again, and out of joy goes and sells
all that he has and buys that field. Again,
the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls. When he finds
a pearl of great price, he goes and sells
all that he has and buys it." (1)
Her Father holds a treasure trove,
Of wealth He longs to have outpoured:
Embodied in His Son -- His love
and life -- are so often ignored.
The toils of her vain pursuits
Preoccupied her heart, blocking
The flow of grace -- withered its fruits
His Son could not be heard knocking.
Without Him, all pursuits are vain;
In Him, all life and love are found.
She holds her old ways in disdain,
That by His grace, life may abound.
As steward of her heart, she keeps
His presence with the utmost care:
Her sentinel watches through sleeps;
She strives to live unbroken prayer.
His kingdom of riches is found
In Presence treasured without bound.
May the preciousness of His Presence be always
treasured in our hearts.
1. Matthew 13:44-46
(c) Paul Buis, 2004