All the saints had their foibles, their dark side, their embarrassing moments. But for us flawed mortals, even their flaws are beacons of hope, hope that God can use even us, in spite of our inadequacies. We will see that it is often the case that God uses saints precisely through their weaknesses. For us would-be saints, it is hopeful to know that our giftedness can emerge out of that place where we have been wounded.
—James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories (Upper Room Books, 1999)
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But [God] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
—1 Corinthians 12:9 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I give you thanks for those who have pointed me to you and your love. I give thanks for those who have challenged me to be your hands and feet in the world around me. Give me the confidence and desire to do the same for others, to be an example of faithfulness. Amen.
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