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Weakness and Wisdom

"When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NIV

It is not my skill as a writer nor my knowledge of the Scriptures that I should rely on for teaching, preaching or reaching others. Rather, in the midst of my weaknesses and fear, God’s power is demonstrated. The most important thing for me to know is Jesus Christ and him crucified.

That is, Jesus’ greatest strength was demonstrated in his willingness to be weak, to be put on that cross. He wasn’t about proving his strength, his power, his wisdom. He was about being weak so that I can be strong.

“Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Jesus Christ and his relinquishment of all power. Jesus Christ and his being vulnerable. Jesus Christ and him being totally human. Jesus Christ and him giving up all his rights. Jesus Christ and his willing subjection to torture and pain. Jesus Christ and his willingness to be misunderstood.

Paul didn’t go to the Corinthians with wisdom and eloquence. Instead he went to them with all that Jesus was on the cross—weak, humble, nothing. Why? So that God and his power could be seen. That is the point of my book. It is only as I admit and show my weakness that God’s power in me can be seen.

Jesus, please keep me in the place where my greatest strength is the weakness you demonstrated by going to the cross. Keep me weak so that only God’s power, glory and love can be seen when others look at me.

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Oh God
You surround me with your love,
with memories
of who you are
of what you've done
of promises you've made
of who I want to be
of who I am because of you.

You give me hope and joy,
peace and gratitude.
You convict me
and teach me
encourage me
and remind me
of what it means to follow you.












You listen to my prayers
and grant my requests
in your time.
You give me insight
and knowledge
and words to write
to share your presence
your goodness
your love
your admonition
with others.























You expand my love
to pray for friend and foe
near and far
family and stranger
people as pins on maps
clustered and scattered
who know you and reject you
for those in need
and those too full to need.


















You draw me close
and then release me
to bring you close to others
to serve
and love
and give
all I have received.

You fill my heart with joy
that warms
and glows
and bursts
into laughter,
song
and even dance.

You wrap me in your arms
and tell me
"You are mine"
with intensity that burns
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