Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Strength in Weakness

Note: I wrote this post in late June, but for some reason or another did not publish it. In reviewing my blog as it is today (basically unchanged since May) I came upon it. It is time it is published. So on this 14th of September I post my previously unpublished post from June 20th, 2006:

Sometimes I feel as though I need to be profound here on this blog, particularly after such a long blog-absence. But I will be honest with you, Friends, that I really don't have a profound, simple message to post today. Today I found myself writing in my journal about strength. In true strength there is the ability to be weak, I wrote. What exactly does this mean?

Weakness, such as feeling hurt, upset, angry, or lacking enough will-power to do something difficult, or being afraid of something, is unavoidable in life. Thus, it is not just ok to have weakness, but it is a requirement of life. Ignoring or denying, resisting or fighting something so inevitable is unhealthy. I'm not saying that all weaknesses are healthy - things such as addiction or tendency to abuse are certainly NOT acceptable - but that we must acknowledge them before we can do anything about them. We must embrace our weaknesses and love ourselves through them, with them, as they are every bit a part of us as the skin on our bodies. In embracing our weaknesses we learn to love ourselves, we learn to love others, we learn compassion. It is grace. It takes true strength to allow ourselves to be imperfect, to love wholly, both the good and not-so-good in ourselves.

Perhaps this has been stated before. Perhaps it doesn't make as much sense to you reading this as it does to me as I write. I just felt a small nudge to share.

Love and Light,


Blogger Contemplative Scholar said...


It is good to see you writing again! Thank you for sharing these thoughts. This is a very powerful insight: that fully facing and accepting our weaknesses and learning to love ourselves through them and with them is an important path to compassion and to an even greater strength! Thank you!

Contemplative Scholar

16/9/06 8:41 PM  
Blogger Liz Opp said...

Like you, Claire, I connect weakness (and vulnerability) with grace. Strange to think of those two things as being connected, but there it is.

Liz Opp, The Good Raised Up

25/9/06 6:31 PM  
Blogger Karishma said...

Yes, there is strength in vulnerability; perhaps even greater strength in pain

14/10/06 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My experience of blessed weakness is linked to experiences of God's grace which follows my admission of weakness and need.

The Lord has shown how small and ineffective my own strength is--and how loving and strong His own influence and presence can be, if only we let it.

Jay Thatcher
Corvallis Friends Meeting
North Pacific Yearly Meeting

4/8/07 11:52 PM  

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