Tuesday Reflection, week 5

October 26, 2006

“The weak have a way of confounding the strong,”—Ryan’s words during class. This was a thought provoking statement. I thought about those considered weak by the world’s standards who may have shaped my life by their ways of being and doing that are in contrast to others around them. I also found myself wondering about the process of defining strength and about the degree to which our ideals and expectations of wholeness and strength can be culturally conditioned. Where is it healthy to appreciate a person’s inner or outer strength, the gifts of God placed within a person, an influential personality, and healing that has occurred in a person’s life, etc?  Where do we overemphasize these qualities within the church in such a way that we fail to notice Christ’s Spirit working in the imperfect and frail aspects of humanity?

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