These past several months have been heavy for our family, particularly for Luke.  For those of you who know him, you know God wired him to be able to carry a lot.  He’s invested in his work and in his co-workers; he faithfully seeks to lead our church body well; he fosters relationships with friends and family, and he makes time to care for and be present with me and the kids.  But, even with his wiring, he’s human--incapable of doing these things perfectly, unable to bear the weight fully, and prone to feeling he is failing in every area.  He has felt the acuteness of his humanness often in this season.  While that can be discouraging, we have also benefited from witnessing God’s incredible kindness in giving His strength when Luke was weak, His calming peace when Luke was stressed, and His abundant joy when Luke was discouraged.  Indeed, God’s words from 2 Corinthians 12:9 have proven true over and over these past several months, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 

So, just as it says in the second part of this passage, “We will boast all the more gladly of our weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon us.”  Amid an emotionally draining and time-consuming leadership conflict, sleepless nights at work, difficult conversations, dropped balls, the tragic loss of a friends’ child, the struggle to find a spare moment to study or prepare for his captain’s test, and his fight to be present with his family, God made up for every insufficiency. He gave Luke grace upon grace to allow him to pass his tests and be promoted to Captain in his job, a position he is humbled and honored to receive.  And, He heaped kindness upon kindness in timing a week away to refresh and reconnect as a family in the warmth of the sun. Indeed, He gives strength in our weakness and peace in our storms.  So, we boast all the more gladly in Him.  

Thank you, Lord, for being our strength in weakness and for showing your grace and kindness to us amidst our trials and inadequacies.  Thank you for the peace that comes in knowing we don’t need to hold it all together because YOU do!  Thus, we rest and rejoice and boast in YOU!  

By Katie Miller

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