Water and the Word: Release

February 28, 2019


I wanted to give you something, 

but the Holy Spirit whispered, 

“Don’t give; share.”

I wanted to share 

something with you, 

but I was struggling 

to decide what it would be. 


The Holy Spirit offered, 

“Instead of you deciding 

what they need, 

why don’t you ask them?” 


I looked at all I have, 

then looked in the mirror, 

and I realized that none of it 

really belongs to me. 

It belongs, 

and always has belonged, 

to God. 


The Holy Spirit smiled, 

“Now, we’re getting somewhere!”


To be present to poverty 

is to realize that the things 

we can hold 

(and have held) 

in our hands, 

no matter how much of them 

we can control and possess 

will leave us empty. 


It is to be hungry 

and know that something else – 

a substance or quality 

that is fully beyond

our capacity to generate –  

is necessary to be truly filled; 


to be thirsty and sense 

that something we cannot 

pour, grasp, or control 

is key to slaking our thirst.


“Blessed are the poor in spirit, 

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 

(Matthew 5:3)


© 2019 Todd Jenkins


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