Out of Weakness

             Sitting with a counselor, discussing some really difficult, tragic scenarios, she reminded me that we have the privilege to serve out of weakness. This is an easy thing to say, not such an easy concept to live out in reality.  Am I prepared to admit that I do not have all the answers, that to really live in Christ is to walk against the grain of today’s culture? How can Christ possibly be “All in all” to someone whose saviour is the razor blade? or the top executive caught up in the world of achievement or success? So often I hear, either directly, or indirectly, that Jesus is not enough, that He doesn’t fill the emptiness.  Yet, He tells us, through His Word (2 Corinthians 12:9) that His grace is sufficient.

I do not have the answer to all the complex issues I hear almost daily, I often do not have the emotional strength to handle all the bombarding as people fight the truth in their pain.  There have been times recently when the tears have flowed out of exhaustion and the pain of others.  I can always speak the Name of Jesus into a story, a hurt, a pain and  His strength is real and tangible.

I do know I cannot do this work alone, nor can the person with a tragic history change alone.  We need Jesus.  We also need each other; the joy this week of two close friends calling me after a particularly strenuous and emotional Wednesday.

Be a tangible Jesus to a hurting friend!  You may a desperately needed bridge between your friend and the Saviour!

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