poor in spirit – 2/26/12

Matthew 5:1,2-3 (NKJV) – The Beatitudes
this first beatitude, is a tough one, unless you remember your poor in spirit times, unless you remember your dying to self times, unless you are there, now. These promises are for the journey of walking through death into life.

the poor in spirit
are blessed
for these will inherit the kingdom of heaven
these are the sons and daughters of God
these are me
when I am disheartened
when I am put down
by those with a stronger sense of being right
than I can conjure up

that sense which serves to overrule
by no other authority
“but I’m right”
as long as I can convince
or intimidate you
into obeisance

and I’ve forgotten how to fight back

then I am poor in spirit
and then, I open myself
to my inheritance

hard to believe
yet I will
walk this way
and be raised up
by one who loves
the least among us

About Clark W Johnson

I am a poet, interested in using poetry to explore my interactions with the spiritual. I find poetry captures tension, paradox and flow well enough so I can hold experiences at arms length and reflect on them from multiple vantage points. As I walk deeper with my God, I'm finding such a record invaluable for myself, and I find that pieces and parts touch others as well. I love and long for more points of contact along those lines.
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