Wednesday September 18 2019

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Scripture: 1 Cor 2:1-13

Key verses: (3-5) And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

Reflection: Every year, I attend a conference of elders, pastors and church people who believe in the power of the body of Christ in the world. They are working on what is NEXT for the Church.  One of my favorite events at this conference is a presentation of epic fails.  People tell personal or church stories of their personal failures. Big ones. It is hysterical! One of my friends shared about last Easter when she opened her robe to show a parishioner that they were wearing the same blouse …. only my friend had taken off her blouse because it was so hot! Fail stories are part of our life. We are a church made up of broken and ridiculous people. It is real life.

Paul admits early in this letter to the Corinthians that he comes in weakness and in fear.  His story is honest and real.  In the kingdom of God, everything looks a little bit different. Humility is strength and weakness is powerful. Broken ridiculous people are used to preach the good news of the gospel. It is never about us in the kingdom of God. It is always about God. In this passage from 1 Corinthians, we are reminded that the Holy Spirit brings healing and life. Thanks be to God.

Prayer: God, I refuse to waste any more time trying to hide my imperfections. I want to keep track of what is holy and true.  Guide me to see and celebrate your Spirit that moves among my day. Amen.

Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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