Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Henri Houwen's commentary on Matthew 5:1-3 (NASB):  When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.  He opened his mouth and began to teach them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their is the kingdom of heaven.

Coming Together in Poverty

"There are many forms of poverty: economic poverty, physical poverty, emotional poverty, mental poverty, and spiritual poverty.  As long as we related primarily to each other's wealth, health, stability, intelligence, and soul strength, we cannot develop true community.  Community is not a talent show in which we dazzle the world with our combined gifts.  Community is the place where our poverty is acknowledged and accepted, not as something we have to learn to cope with as best as we can but as a true source of new life."

Henri is right.  We we gather as community we come with our poverty, offer generously what we have.  Recognizing that we each depend upon the mercy of God, that we might have life. 

Still In One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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