(The Lord Himself beckons and summons us, even the very poorest of us,
even those of us who have walked our lives into complete destruction,
even those who have been stricken by the world's weapons,
even those of us who are poor in spirit and hope,
even us, He invites to come to His banquet table
and to buy the choicest goods He lays before us.
In our need and poverty of spirit,
although we have nothing we can exchange for them,
He invites us to buy all His choicest courses.
He gives us His love and grace as our purchasing power at His feast!)
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
the currency to exchange for the goods the Lord offers.
But the Lord pleads with us to turn away from our persistent search
for meaning, for worth, for value, through our own performance,
through our own efforts, through our own attempts to be in control.)
and you will delight in the richest of fare."
when we follow His ways, He gives us all that we need,
and what He gives us is rich in goodness and blessing.
His healing, victory, hope, peace, comfort, wisdom, and courage.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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