The Mystery and Paradox of Faith…

I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven. Barbra Streisand

Meditation: I have discovered the mystery that when we make peace with our weaknesses, we actually become strong. As long as we base our self-esteem on our strengths and accomplishments only, we are paradoxically weak, as we often deny and suppress those attributes of ours that are not strong or unaccomplished. However, if we only stare at our short-comings and flaws, we will also be weak as we are unaware of the strength that lies within us. The mystery of faith is to become aware and to hold the paradox of what it means to be human: We realize that we are vulnerable and limited as humans. Yet as we base our faith on trusting God, we overcome our shame about our human weakness. And so we are freed to live into our God given strength. Paul describes this experience as us becoming proud of our weaknesses so we can feel God’s power and protection in our life. And so “having faith” means “becoming able to hold the opposites of who we are”- weak and at the same time strong – because we are loved, held and protected by God.

Prayer: God of paradox, what a mystery that our weakness is being filled with strength and that our shame is being transformed into joy. We rejoice that our ailments are no hindrances as to embody Your amazing Grace and protection. And we are grateful. Amen

I was given a painful physical ailment… three times I prayed to the Lord about this and asked him to take it away. But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me. 2. Corinthians 12: 7-9

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