Being meek.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  Matthew 5:5

Thirty five years ago a co-worker told me that he was going to inherit the world because he was meek and humble; Ernie daily reminded us that some people with his personality are like  ‘Slinkies;….not really good for anything, but you can't help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs’.  His cultural wisdom was generally self-proclaimed and he was continually seeking attention.  Meek; Noah Webster defines the word ‘meek’ as 1) enduring injury with patience and without resentment 2) deficient in spirit and courage and 3) not violent or strong.  When I spend a few moments gazing into the eyes and smiles of the children from Port-au-Prince in the attached photo the word ‘meek’ seems to be written on their faces.  There is a song written by Sammy Masters, Richard Pope and Tex Satterwhite and recorded by Patsy Cline in 1958 titled ‘If I could see the world.’  These lyrics really seem to match up well with these children in Mammou.

“If I could see the world thru the eyes of a child; what a wonderful world this would be.  There'd be no trouble and no strife, just a big happy life with a bluebird in every tree.  I could see right, no wrong.  I could see good, no bad, I could see all the good things in life I've never had.  If I could see the world thru the eyes of a child; what a wonderful world this would be.  If I could see the world thru the eyes of a child; smiling faces would greet me all the while.  Like a lovely work of art it would warm my weary heart just to see thru the eyes of a child.”  

This world will tell you that it will take ‘somebody’ rich, powerful and important to inherit the earth; they will make history with their accomplishments.  How about you?  Are you a ‘somebody’ by this world’s standards or a ‘nobody’ like the small children from Mammou?  Jesus says that the meek will inherit the earth; when you have a humble heart, there is great power.  Your ‘riches’ are helping the six kids in the photo.  Your $1.50 for their meal from Trinity/Hope is being used to help them to be prepared to go and share the Gospel message of our risen Savior throughout their neighborhood in Haiti.  More importantly than inheriting the earth, they will claim a home in Heaven and with us; meet our Savior face to face. 

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen. 

May God be with you…Jay