give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
otherwise, i may have too much and disown you

and say, 'who is the LORD ?'
or i may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
-prov 30:8-9
i want to live like this... not to want wealth to be stored up for use later, but to have what i need and to be satisfied in that... and to give away what i do not need. but instead, i waste what i have and spend on what i do not need. i want to be changed!

"speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy."
-prov 31:8-9
but what does this mean? how do i do this? one part of me knows there is so much i could be doing so much more, living so differently, but another part of me wonders how it would make any difference and if it really is up to me, and i stand by, helplessly confused.

and in honor of advent, one of my favorite passages- mary's song (luke 1:46-55):
mary's song
"my soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for He has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
from now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is His name.
His mercy extends to those who fear Him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant israel,
remembering to be merciful
to abraham and his descendants forever,
even as He said to our fathers."

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