A Word of Hope
What is strength? Do you think you are not strong because you cry, fall down, or at times are so vulnerable it feels as though you could break down at any moment? Well you’re wrong. Jesus cried in front of everyone because the people He cared about were suffering, but was He weak? No.
Jesus fell to His knees in the Garden of Gethsemane because He knew that He was about to die. Was He weak even then? No, He most certainly was not. Was Jesus ever more vulnerable than when He was on the cross? He was vulnerable, but He was not weak!
Just because we are human, like Jesus was human, does not negate the fact that greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world. Strength is not the absence of weakness, or our humanity; it is the presence of a holy and righteous God who lives inside of us.
O Holy One,
Grant us Your strength. We need you now more than we ever have. Teach us that Your strength is made perfect in our weakness. We are fragile yes, but only in body. Our souls contain that speck of light that shines in the darkness. You told us to overcome darkness with light. Shine on us, shine from within, and cast out every shadow.
Bless You Lord, for we shall live forever. Your faithfulness to us is eternal, even though comprehending such love is forever out of our reach. Thank You Lord for Your many gifts, including weakness. For weakness isn’t weak when you are near. Quite the opposite, our weaknesses shows us that we can’t rely on ourselves alone, but on You. We love You, our God. Let Your will be done. In Jesus name we pray,
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare