But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
We live in a world where weakness is seen as something bad. Even in a job interview, candidates are often asked about "strengths and weaknesses."
Admitting we are weak is not the admission of surrender. Sometimes it is about accepting. One of the most difficult conversations I often have with the hospice patients I meet is about the things they can no longer do, and miss.
Even mundane things we take for granted. Getting the mail. Answering the front door. Being able to stand.
I won't forget a wonderful saint I met years ago. "You see an old woman laying in bed, overcome by age and illness. I am a warrior when it comes to praying for others," she shared with me.
Her words were the realization for me, "When I am weak, YOU are strong!"
Instead of hiding the weaknesses we all have, embracing them and allowing God changes us and our understanding of that weakness.
God's grace is sufficient in those moments and will help you to overcome!
Stay in God's grip!
The Grace of God
How may I praise You Lord
or serve You as You deserve?
Your grace moves quicker than the changes of technology;
Your mercy is greater than the galaxy.
Within the global community
Your grace has no boundaries.
Your grace intrudes in our history,
and completely fills each second of time.
No community can deny Your grace
Nor is the smallest child outside it.
The projects and the suburbs are the same;
Grace penetrates even the homeless.
Your grace reaches down to the tired,
In all corners of the world,
not even one person is overlooked.
You meet our sins, and Your grace is persistent.
In the vessel of Christ
we have found completeness.
And though it is thrown against concrete steps,
God’s grace shall never be destroyed.
Your words, "My grace is sufficient"
greets me with each breath.
May I become Your words.
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.