All Who Exalt Themselves Will Be Humbled

All Who Exalt Themselves Will Be Humbled
Pentecost 12; Luke 14:1,7-14
To claim a place of honour, people scheme;
ambition may be sourced in selfish dream.
Tycoons and politicians lead the race,
but what’s the truth behind the public face?
Here real humility is seldom seen;
the term “low down” is spoken to demean.
Good life is not a ladder at a wall;
the first to climb risks being fast to fall.
Feet on the ground may save the toppling Earth,
if sharing can become a sign of worth.
So set your sights on what is close at hand,
and don’t build mansions on the shifting sand.
Self-serving hasn’t served this planet well,
for fame and fortune leave a broken shell.
	Barbara Messner 24/08/2022

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