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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

City: Alpena

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1975

Subject/Title of Window: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Brief Description of Subject: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit for There is the Kingdom of Heaven
Poor in spirit does not mean defeated or hope-condition which prepares us to receive his gift of grace.
On the other hand, pride (the opposite of poor in spirit) refuses to admit to any lack or need; and so prevents one from receiving the free unearned of Divine grace.

True “poverty of spirit” (humility) sees clearly the passing vanity of “things” and therefore is open to receive the Kingdom of Heaven. Such a heathy perspective will allow the Christian to get a glimpse of the boundless joys of Heaven as reflected in the righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit- here on Earth.
To fully appreciate the amazing wonder of the grace of God, one must really find Jesus. Such a discovering will shatter personal pride; thus enabling one put his full trust in God.

Above all, true poverty of spirit leads us to a compassion for others. Likewise, it enables us to show understanding and sympathy for those who lives have been damaged by sin.
Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven the gift of God in Christ.

The Greek Letters X and P translated meaning Christ. Shown here to portray the spirit of Christ which allowed him to receive God’s strength.

Jesus was not too proud to admit that He needed God’s help. Jesus felt free to ask for help; he had faith in God’s care.
The throne with arms, symbol of the Kingdom of Heaven

Represent the assurance a person senses when he permits God’s love to enter and direct him.
Palm Leaves, in biblical times, were plucked from nearby trees and awarded to the Victorious in contests.
Here they depict the joy a person knows when he recognizes that he is a special person in God’s eyes and is in God’s care.

Condition of Window: Good

Type of Glass and Technique: Slab or Faceted Glass (Dalle de Verre)

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

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