“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
We must be bankrupt, to become rich. Emptied to be filled. Low to be lifted high.
“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom." (Matthew 26:26-29)
Facing death, he gave thanks. Ann Voskamp calls it “eucharistic living”. Giving thanks in ALL circumstances.
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Matthew 9:35-38)
Jesus went. He taught, proclaimed, healed. When he saw the crowds, he was merciful. He instructs us to pray earnestly.
"And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." (Revelation 21:5).
He sees. He is working. He is coming back. To heal, to restore, to make new.
Asking for His perspective. To live in humility. With thanksgiving and compassion. Praying for His eyes, His heart, for His people. Waiting in hope.