Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my body is in agony.” Psalm 6:2

My grandfather was a strong man. He was small but he was strong. A second generation homesteader in the wild of the Western Washington coast, he was raised to be a strong man. His father died when he was 17 and he went off to serve in the Navy. Grandpa traveled the world and returned to operate cranes in the Puget Sound. As a child, I knew my Grandpa could do anything he wanted. He was a strong man.

While I am his granddaughter, I’m not sure I inherited his strength. Or at least I don’t feel strong most days. I share the feelings of the Psalmist, “have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.” It often seems that the days of upward climbs and more to do than I have strength far outweigh the days where I feel strong and capable. I will cry out for God’s healing touch and his mighty arm to lean on. And yet, still feel weak.

The words of Paul in 2 Corinthians give me hope. The strong apostle felt weak and cried out to God on several occasions to take away his “thorn.” But God’s response wasn’t to take away the weakness.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)

Instead he spoke to Paul’s pain and transformed it into something greater. Paul’s pain might be weakness, but God’s grace is power.

I might not feel as powerful as my Grandfather, but it is a relief to know I don’t have to. I’m sure Grandpa had his doubts and fears. Weakness is part of this life but I’m grateful to know that God’s grace is also.



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