To Set Aside

To Set Aside

One of the most misunderstood passages in the Sermon on the Mount is “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Now we all have known or know those who are “poor spirited” and blessed usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, when considering this passage, it is difficult not to think of those times when we have felt poor spirited; somewhat perplexing to the notion that if this is what “blessed” feels like, I think I will pass. The “poor in spirit” The Great Carpenter refers too in the Sermon has nothing to do with being poor spirited. The meaning of “poor in spirit” used here means we have let go of our preconceptions, our fear, and self-will.

There is a prayer known as the set-aside or lay-aside prayer that speaks to this state of consciousness. There are several variations, this is one of the simplest: Dear God, please help me to set aside everything I think I know about you and this world, so I may have an open mind and a new experience. Please help me to see the Truth, Amen.

This prayer shows us how to surrender to win, setting aside our preconceived ideas and sacred cows, laying aside fear. When we achieve this raised state of consciousness, remaining open minded and willing to learn, to change and honestly address our defects as well as our assets of character in their proper light, we have truly become “poor in spirit” and the Kingdom of Heaven is ours, right here, right now.

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