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nathan f. elmore

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Just James: The Money Flower

Just James is a series of occasional, meditative, tweet-like renderings from the homily collection otherwise known as "The Letter of James," who was otherwise known as the brother of Jesus.

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

"The Letter of James," Chapter 1, verses 9-11 

Contrary to most popular belief the world over, socio-economic status is so fleeting even the spring flower and the grassy field know better than to pay it any mind. Impoverished or wealthy (or somewhere in between), those truly living from the Christian story are encouraged to boast in the counter-cultural vision of a secure identity—within, let's be honest, a terribly insecure existence.