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PSALM OF MONEY

We all of us reflect on money, these days. So much that we sometimes idolise "primitive humanity" when it was not needed. We want money to provide for our need, but not for greed, though the distinction is not always simple. Perhaps the religious quest is one for gratitude, however much or little we have?

 

  1. In earliest days humanity lived by killing:
      ancient paintings in caves show the food they hunted,
     
  2. and then, they lived in settled families:
      they learned to nurture animals,
      and took food from mother earth.
     
  3. When industries began, people crowded in towns:
      inhuman conditions created by work in the factories,
     
  4. later, they looked for caring communities:
      even providing the work was part of a caring society.
     
  5. Today we believe in money, it makes things happen:
      the ten pound note is important, more than people;
     
  6. yet we know only some investments are ethical:
      we see the environment needs to be cared for.
     
  7. Primitive instincts are all around us:
      money drives us to greed and the desire to make a killing,
     
  8. but riches can be a snare and not bring happiness:
      it's still the love of money that's the root of evil.
     
  9. We should beware of making money:
      my greed will lead to another's need.
     
  10. There are better signs of enjoyment than cash:
      riches do not buy love or friendship or time;
     
  11. for a friend who is bought is not a friend indeed:
      being loved by another person
      doesn't depend on my wealth,
     
  12. wages may purchase my labour, but not my loyalty:
      the most important things in all our lives are free!
     
     
  13. We can't pay for health or wisdom:
      happiness and faith are gifts that come from God.
     
  14. So, God, help me grow from being a predator to become a nurturer:
      to be grateful day by day for what is sufficient for living;
     
  15. teach us to accept the offerings that nature gives us:
      but not to expect her continual sacrifices;
     
  16. show us how to use money as a measure of vitality:
      to avoid the worship of Mammon by finding our hope in you.