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The first four words preached by Jesus to the crowds were “Blessed are the Poor” and this illustrates some of the ways that poverty can truly be a blessing. Though I haven’t changed my religion, I can appreciate simple truth wherever I find it.

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And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  John 10:16

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One day a rich father decided to take his son out into the world in hopes of showing him how blessed he is for having such riches.

They spent the day with a farmer and his family and upon leaving on the way home the father asked “Did you see how poor those people are?? Now what have you learned?” to which the son replied,

“We have a pool.. They have a river..

We buy food.. They grow theirs..

We have lanterns to light the way at night.. They have the stars…

We have walls to protect us.. They have friends..

We have encyclopedia’s.. They have the Qu’ran..”

To which the son added, “Thanks dad for showing me how poor WE really are..”

Lesson: It’s not about money that makes us rich, but about simplicity and having Allah in our lives..

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“Love all God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.  If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things.”  Fyodor Dostoevsky

 I once saw an amazing film by Spanish filmmaker Luis Bunuel entitled “Simon of the Desert” and one scene touched me profoundly.  The pure ascetic Simon bent down to bless a tiny grasshopper.  When asked about the scene during an interview, Bunuel said that a really pure person will want to bless everything around them.

Animals have always filled me with awe and a sense of mystery. These pictures of bears and tigers hanging around with monks convince me that even wild beasts can perceive purity of heart, and that Isaiah Chapter 11 is truly a glimpse of a world to come…

“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God…For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” Romans 8:19, 22

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