It's hard to imagine that anyone would choose to be weak over being powerful. But the way of Jesus sometimes calls us to do exactly that, with the understanding that somehow in our weakness we have the greatest impact.
Consider now your strengths and your weaknesses, and wonder which of these actually holds the greatest potential in your journey of faith.next >
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God. His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. Within its citadels God has shown himself a sure defense....We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory. Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because of your judgments. Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever.
Psalm 48:1-3, 9-14next >
Alleluia! All over the world, people are praising God with voices and with every kind of instrument. With all that noise going on, it's amazing that God can hear any one of us.
Most of us have worried at one time or another that our singing voices weren't good enough. We might have thought we weren't in tune or that we were getting drowned out by others. Good news: we don't have to worry about any of that.
God's power of listening is so awesome that God not only hears every single voice lifted in praise, God hears past the noise to the thoughts of our hearts.
The source of God's super hearing? Love. God's power to hear the true voice of every person comes straight from God's steadfast love for each one of us.
Sarah Turnernext >
Dear God, you hear my voice even when it is small. You hear all the thoughts of my heart. Help me to listen also, as you do, with the power of love. Amen.next >
Now as you journey into this day
Go understanding that it is not you, after all,
Who is powerful.
Any weakness you know only opens the door
For God's power to become evident,
And weakness to become your greatest strength.
Sarah Councell Turner is an artist, gardener, and stepmom who has chronic fatigue syndrome. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two delightful teenagers, and a dog named Rosie.
Hold Me in Your Hand, Lord, Teach Me How to Live