God of the Poor and Meek
Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ - Matthew 25:34-36
Living in a world where the strong and successful are the people we admire, we often find ourselves focusing most of our attention on obtaining those traits ourselves. Our actions reflect our desire to "get ahead," and we become very focused on ourselves. Even though our God is strong and successful, we find in this scripture that it isn't those who mimic these traits that receive God's blessing, it is those who care for people. These are the people who are a part of God's kingdom.
As I was praying with the Common Book of Prayer App this morning, I came across a prayer that reminded me of the importance of living with our faith connected to our actions. This prayer is a reminder for me what it looks like to be transformed by God as people of faith. Our Father O God of the poor and meek, form us into people who do not conform to the patterns of this world but rather conform to the norms of your upside-down kingdom. Give us eyes to see you in those who suffer. Move us to the margins of this world, and help us to find you there, in your most distressing disguises. Amen.