September 5, 2010


“So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.”
Luke 14:33 (NRSV)

This particular verse makes me shudder. Give up all my possessions? My lovely piano? The sunny yellow and cream dishes that make me smile?  Our furniture and clothes? The roof over our heads?

We recently moved from a large old home to a condo half the size–donating, selling, sharing and occasionally throwing away a lifetime of stuff. Dispossessing ourselves of half of our belongings felt good, if occasionally painful.

Yet Jesus invites me to do more. I say—“Let’s talk.”

“Surely you don’t mean everything?”

He means everything, everything that gets in the way of giving myself wholeheartedly to God.

“You’re talking about my greed. Not just greed for things, but greed for experiences. Not only what I possess but what still possesses me.”

Silently, I search my heart for what truly takes priority in my life and pray for the courage to act boldly.

May we be attached solely to you, Holy One, letting go of anything that occupies space and blocks a life of service and love.  Amen

As I consider my possessions, attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs, what do I desire to give up so that I may be God’s disciple?

Written by Diane Glass

The Bridge is a collaborative ministry by four Downtown Des Moines churches. The Bridge Meditations are part of the ministry of The Bridge which is working to enrich the lives of those working, living and visiting downtown Des Moines. Programs developed by The Bridge offer spiritual formation and development, professional counseling, holistic health and family support. The Connection Cafe is a Bridge ministry which provides a free mid-day meal five days per week. The Connection Cafe is located next to the YWCA on Grand Avenue and is supported by many churches and civic organizations in its ministry. For more information, or to volunteer to help with The Bridge, The Connection Cafe or other Downtown Des Moines ministries contact Rob Hoover at 515-771-1481 or by email at

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