Wednesday Words – We Wish You Enough
February 12, 2019
Pastor Paul Cannon
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God…
Woe to you who are rich. For you have received your consolation.
- Luke 6:20, 24
I have a new favorite breakfast place. Unfortunately it’s in Galena, but nevertheless, one of these mornings I might make the two hour drive to Otto’s Place for a slice or two of their Banana Bread French Toast.
As I was enjoying a slice of said toast this weekend and sipping on some coffee, I noticed that their official Otto’s Place mug had a saying on the back: We wish you Enough. Enough? Are we ever satisfied with enough? Do we have enough? Is there enough for everybody?
Or think about in another way: To wish enough on somebody is to say, I hope you don’t have too much.
As I browsed through the collection of mugs they had for sale, I saw some of them had the full poem written out. Here’s what it said:
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough Hello’s to get you through the final Goodbye.
I couldn’t help but think about this as I heard Jesus preach in our Gospel for this Sunday. “Blessed are you who are poor…Woe to you who are rich.” If only they all had enough.
Taken in light of the poem, the poor have something the rich lack: appreciation and contentment. It flips the whole thing on it’s head, doesn’t it? Not unlike Jesus’ words, it forces us to open our eyes to people who live in poverty, and not ask “What do they lack?” but “What do they have?”
What do they have to teach us? That’s not a convenient excuse to ignore their physical needs, but an admission for those of us who have much, that maybe our wealth/possessions can become a false idol. That we chase after things, rather than appreciating the gifts that God has given us.
We wish you Enough.