Lenten Reflection 4-1-22

Lenten Reflection Day 27 - by Kim Wu

2 Corinthians 12:9 “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.

God’s works are evident in the healing of our wounds, but they are perhaps more evident when we are still in the midst of our healing.  When we are still waiting and hoping for that desired outcome.

“Sometimes God allows what He hates, to accomplish what He loves.” (Joni Eareckson Tada)

When our suffering is prolonged, it can drive us deeper in relationship with God.  It can produce endurance, character and hope (Romans 5:3-5).  It opens our eyes to see all the ways we can minister to others with similar wounds.

Katherine Wolf, in her book, “Suffer Strong,” wrote that “while pain may be all we see right now, in the not-too-distant future we’ll see only love.”  She writes about being a “wounded healer” – and the importance of the world hearing the voices of wounded healers like hers.  “A life is best lived in real time.  Otherwise, we’ll never be able to pay attention to what God is doing in us and who God is becoming to us.”

Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you asking for the strengthening that comes from the Holy Spirit.  I pray that You will be more and more at home in my heart, living within me as I trust in You.  May I be rooted deeply in the soil of the Father’s marvelous love, and may I be able to understand how long, how wide, how deep, and how high Your love really is, and to experience this love.  I want to be filled up to the brim with You.  Amen.  (Based on Philippians 4:13, Ephesians 4: 16-19)

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