• Pr. James Houck

Perfected in Weakness

Greetings in the name of Christ,


May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!


Nicole and I are extremely busy. With my ministry of Word and Sacrament, her teaching high school class, and both of us teaching the boys at home, there is a mountain of work to climb. Each week is a juggling act and we have found it impossible to get everything done. Our weakness and limitations are ever present.


Saint Paul struggled with weakness and boasts of his weakness.


2 Corinthians 12:9–10

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

All of us have weakness which make evident our need for Christ Jesus. Being content with weakness and and hardship can try our patience, but it is through hardship that we are being made perfect in Christ and strengthened in faith.


I am remind of the children's hymn:


Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong. Refrain: Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so. Yes, Jesus loves us! The recognition of our weakness and our need for Christ opens our hearts to receive His love and strengthen our faith.


Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus Christ bids us to be yoked to him and walk with Him. But we do not walk alone with Him. He invites all of us to walk with Him together.


Tomorrow I will begin to write about how we walk together as the body of Christ in the weeks ahead. The Word of God has relevant instructions on how we walk together in faith to worship and serve Christ Jesus.


Jesus says to us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

In the grace and truth of Christ,


Pastor James H. Houck

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