Tag Archives: poverty

When the world stops spinning

When the world stops spinningand you and I meet at lastI, in deficit, without shoes and starvingYou, abundant:Finally, in stillness,I accept what you’ve been trying to give © Meisaan Chan

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The prayer of the pipe

My power is in my emptiness My humility is in my emptiness May I empty onto empty, O Lord © Meisaan Chan

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The path of emptiness

Let go of suffering – what are you to do with it? Let go of joy – what are you to do with it? For you will not lose what you think you will lose and you will not gain … Continue reading

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Poor in spirit

I belong because you are I journey because you are I hope because you are I am because you are © Meisaan Chan

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Rejecting them all

All the possible alternatives to your plan – I want none of them! Dust and refuse! © Meisaan Chan

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If you have no car, no bike, no phone, no shoes, nothing that the world values

There are so many ways home, says the Lord; come home, dear ones, come home © Meisaan Chan (Photo credit: National Geographic)  

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If they take it all away

If they take it all away and all my kingdoms fall I’ll have nothing left to look at but you If they take it all away and I run to you you will show me that they didn’t © Meisaan Chan

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First fruits

Empty self, plucking open-handed golden gift wildly poor, rich   © Meisaan Chan    

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Get picky

There’s a lot of not-food out there and so much hunger © Meisaan Chan

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Gifts

I have nothing of my own to give you I can only nurture your gifts, then re-give; like Mary: you gave her a seed and she gave you a child I own nothing but the gestation © Meisaan Chan  

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