God’s Much-Loved Poor

You lowly ones, be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For God hears the poor
and those who are in bondage.

Psalm 69:33-35

Sometimes, when we hear or read about the poor, we assume that the term references those with dire material needs. Though this is often the case, God’s definition of “the poor” is all-inclusive. It references each and every one of us whether our needs are material or otherwise. Sometimes, when we find ourselves doing well in the world’s eyes, we also find ourselves in need deep within us where it matters most. The materially poor climb a slippery slope when it comes to establishing a secure life for themselves and for their loved ones. Sometimes, we who can provide for our own material needs sometimes lose our grip on the things that truly matter to us.

There are times when we are all counted among God’s poor. This much-loved group includes you and me whenever life robs us of the things we need to continue on. Whether we are lacking money enough for a loaf of bread or love enough to care for our aging parent, God knows our suffering and shares our concern. Whether we are besought by the enemy before us or by the demons within us, God stands at our sides. We must always remember that, in spite of our poverty, we will always have enough of God’s love to get by.

Loving God, thank you for recognizing our poverty in all of its forms and for giving us all that we need.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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