Strength in Weakness
Note to self: put specs on before reading emails. Was I was being asked to write a ‘Thought for the Weak’? Yeah, very appropriate. Talk about the blind leading the blind!
I was feeling pretty weak myself, you see. I’ve been overdoing the home gym stuff during the enforced lockdown. Not only were our churches locked (although active online) but my other source of strength was closed too. And I’d forgotten that my two or three carefully structured sessions at the local gym each week had been planned by trained instructors who knew my dodgy medical history. So, stupidly (what’s new, Heather?) I’d overdone it.
Being asked to write a ‘Thought for the Weak’ was therefore pretty ironic. But no, it’s actually a ‘Thought for the Week’, for another week in these very strange times. And yet the concept of weakness seems appropriate, doesn’t it? We don’t like to think of ourselves as weak. We want to be in control of our lives and our destiny. But sometimes it’s better, as a dear friend used to tell me, to “Let go and let God”.
When St Paul was feeling particularly weak, he had a vision of the Lord telling him: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” And Paul realised that “whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
We’ll get through this horrible time in our history, and come out of it stronger than ever. Our health service better equipped, and our sense of community restored. Stay safe, folks, and God bless you.
Revd Heather Cooke
Benefice of Martlesham with Brightwell