This post was written by myself, one year ago in last year’s advent study. It was the most difficult post to write, because it caused me to share my humble circumstances. Tonight, I was encouraged by my sister in Jesus, who humbly shared her current predicament. I was in awe and admiration of her courage. Seeing how encouraged I was, I thought that this is worth reposting, as it may help someone, as my sister just helped me.
With Us in Poverty
If I were to author the story of my life, I would have never written of a day in which I waited for hours in lines at 3 different food pantries, so that my family would be able to enjoy some meals.
But if I were to author my life’s story, I also would never have met some of the most beautiful people that I’ve met in this season of my life… in those very lines. I would not have chosen to humble myself and be ,… I mean truly be with the poor,… to be the poor.
It’s a unique place to be in.
Throughout our #treasuringemmanuel series, I have been in awe of the many ways that God is … with us. This one, God being with us in poverty, is no different. But then it is. Because of my pride, it’s been the topic that I have been most hesitant to share.
But since when does pride trump truth?
I’ve learned that we are in a world that is filled with the poor and the needy… dignified human beings who for a reason, that our Lord knows, are struggling to eat and provide basic needs for themselves and for their families. Often times their needs go ignored by those who have the power to do good towards them.
Not so with God.
“Looking at his disciples, he said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.”
– Luke 6:20
God is with the poor and lavishes upon them something greater than anything this world can offer… and that is Himself.
It was by humble means that Jesus was born into this world, to a small town couple in a barn with animals.
Jesus showed no partiality in his love for the many that He encountered and blessed throughout his time on this earth.
God is with the poor.
I pray that we too would pray about how we can be with the poor,… that we might look more like our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord.
“For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.”
Of Ashes & Beauty