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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Nov. 19, 2010 - Weak in Christ

By Rose McCormick Brandon

I spoke at a retreat on a recent weekend. It had been a while since I spoke three times in a row. I was conscious of the Holy Spirit ministering through me to the women at the retreat. I didn’t feel tired at all, though I had little sleep. But when I arrived home on Sunday evening, tiredness pressed into my bones. I felt the weight of household duties rise to meet me as I trudged through the front door.

When my body’s fatigued, my mind doesn’t function as well as it should. Even reading a book takes more concentration than I can muster. At times like this when physical weakness overtakes me, I’m keenly aware that I’m a fragile human being.

Jesus-followers often use the phrase “strong in the Lord.” Because Sister Jones can pray like a house on fire, we say she’s strong in the Lord. We also use this phrase to describe people who do great things for God. Most believers from time to time do great things for God. But I wasn’t doing anything great that day.

At such times, I’d describe myself as “weak in the Lord,” and — as strange as this may sound — I’m finding it a pleasant place to be. This weak phase reminds me how feeble my body and mind are and how dependant on my Savior I really am. I’m not self-sufficient, far from it. Feeling my humanity is good for me.

In my weakness, I crawl up under God’s protective wings, as described by the Psalmist. It’s as if God lowers His presence over me, allowing me to snuggle into Him and rest my head on His strong shoulder. Tomorrow, I might wake up ready to take on the world again. But on my weak days, I need to handle myself with care and gain my strength from Him because I am, after all, only human.

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 17:8, NIV).

“We are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live” (2 Corinthians 13:4).

— Rose McCormick Brandon writes personal experience essays, Bible studies, news articles, profiles and devotionals from her home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

 

 

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