Posted by: Daniel Comstock | August 18, 2006

Our Poverty, God’s Dwelling Place By Henri Nouwen

How can we embrace poverty as a way to God when everyone
around us wants to become rich?   Poverty has many forms.
We have to ask ourselves:  “What is my poverty?”  Is it lack
of money, lack of emotional stability, lack of a loving
partner, lack of security, lack of safety, lack of
self-confidence?  Each human being has a place of poverty.
That’s the place where God wants to dwell!  “How blessed are
the poor,” Jesus says (Matthew 5:3).  This means that our
blessing is hidden in our poverty.

We are so inclined to cover up our poverty and ignore it
that we often miss the opportunity to discover God, who
dwells in it.   Let’s dare to see our poverty as the land
where our treasure is hidden.



  1. I like this, Daniel. Thanks for posting it. “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” I read in a Bible Commentary: The humble, in contrast with the haughty; those sensible of spiritual destitution. The same state of mind is referred to when he speaks elsewhere of a contrite and broken spirit.

    We are nothing and can be nothing without God. When we submit ourselves to Him, the world can see Him in us.

    Daniel, I want to tell you something that I really appreciate about you. I appreciate your short, but very kind and sweet, comments on most of my postings. You are truely a wonderful “blogger friend”! Thank you!

  2. thanks tena u r a great blogger friend too.

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