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Keisha Merchant

Poverty Stricken


    Last one for the day, I am reflecting on the scriptures today.  We understand that we only have “inspirations” of men who wrote from their heart, mind, experiences, and knowledge to explain their own break through, artistic abilities to hear from their creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and now Jesus.  It is within this “poem” that we find that scriptures have hidden for the babes to explain the mysteries of the mind, heart, spirit, and soul of people in culture, society and environment.


    It is within my heart that I have a perspective of this poem, passage of the scriptures according to the translations of the 21st century of Paul.  I enjoy this passage because without the crimes done by Christians, it becomes fuzzy on what “good” is their mission to love.  It is within the discipleship that Jesus says as the founder of this ideology that love conquers all in its fruits of its spirit.  It is within that evidence that love has transformed lives from angry, emptiness and greed to opportunities of sharing, caring and kindness.  It is almost walking in the desert into paradise of lilies and violets.

    I have to remember that these scriptures are not valued by everyone, but it has a function for all that once understood, it carries the silver lining of love.  It is within this hope that the Love through the ideology and theories of Christ can be expressed through all religions, faiths, science and educational systems that understand the mission and work of his revolution to end poverty, death and selfish greed that keep us all in bondage, slavery and aging.  It is within this reflection that crime is a disease of the spirit and the disease of the spirit is the death of the body.

    Let us peek into the scriptures and read like a “Jedi” that we fall into hands of death because we have not loved unconditionally receiving grace of ideologies of the Christ and all that want to learn of the skills of “the force of love” without the doubts to be nonviolent with hands, voice and thoughts, the life that is set apart from the decay of our own fallacies.  Let us hope that we can find paradise, live in paradise, end slum lords’ mentality, emotional behavior and practices that set us apart from what is wealthy and what poverty is stricken.

    As I leave today from my reflections of mind, heart, and soul, I live to sing a new song of grace, mercy, solace, serenity, wisdom and understanding that people in their division of knowledge can only master within their own reflection, but as a whole, we have an ocean of power to master under the same hope of love.


    2 Corinthians 1 (New International Version)

    2 Corinthians 1

     1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
          To the church of God in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout Achaia:

     2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    The God of All Comfort

     3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

     8We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our[a] behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

    Paul's Change of Plans

     12Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God's grace. 13For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.

     15Because I was confident of this, I planned to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16I planned to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17When I planned this, did I do it lightly? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say, "Yes, yes" and "No, no"?

     18But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes" and "No." 19For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas[b] and Timothy, was not "Yes" and "No," but in him it has always been "Yes." 20For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

     23I call God as my witness that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.