The Poor in Spirit
by Mary Beth Singleterry
“And he opened his mouth and taught them saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The beatitudes of Jesus are instructive and helpful for those seeking healing. Each one describes a state of thought that is receptive to Truth and it is significant that the “poor in spirit” is the first of all of these beatitudes.
To be “poor in spirit” is a holy attitude. It is to approach God and to approach His healing power, — with humility and reverence. It is to be in complete submission to Him and to know that without God we are nothing.
It is not uncommon, however, to come to the throne of grace with a “to do” list; with an “I want and I need” list; with “I might do this but please don’t ask me to do that, because there is no way I will!”; and especially with “I’ve been in Science a long time so I know it all — I really do!” This type of arrogant thinking shuts out God’s healing grace.
God is always pouring forth His love, but if our attitude is not one of being “poor in spirit” — it creates walls that are hard to penetrate. How can you fill a vessel already full? Mrs. Eddy states in Science and Health, “Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.”
Let Love melt away the walls, walls we sometimes don’t even know exist, and let His holy presence enter in. This is what brings about complete healing. As one of our quartet songs so eloquently states, “He touched me and made me whole.”