Day Thirty Four – You Can Experience Strength in Your Weakness

Life is profoundly interdependeent. There are no self-made men or women. The rugged individualist is an illusion, whose “individualistic” successes based on the gifts of others, including the gifts of God.

There are times when we are weak, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Our resources are tapped out and we are running on empty. At such times, we need to rely on the faith and efforts of others, and most especially the energy and inspiration of the Holy Adventure.

When we are at our lowest, often a force – quiet but sustaining – emerges. The gracefulness of the universe, revealed in a friend’s prayers and faith, in a healing touch, in an advocate for justice, brings liberation. Yes, we are creative and are meant to be agents, actively shaping our lives, but we can do never do this alone. In good times and bad, a gentle, persistent, unwavering Love sustains, empowers, and inspires. God’s grace is sufficient for every need.

Today, notice the interdependence of life. Pause to remember those whose faith and love have got us to this point in our lives. Also, pause to note those persons for whom you are called to be an answer to prayer. You may be the one to have faith for them or to provide the healing word that changes everything. Live today with these healing affirmations:
God’s grace is sufficient for me.
I rejoice in the graceful interdependence of life.
God’s sustains me in my vulnerability.
I reach out to others to receive their love and to give a helping hand.

You are the answer to someone’s prayer. You are God’s grace embodied. Where are you called to go and who is calling you to care?

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, healing companion, retreat leader and lecturer, and author of nineteen books, including Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living; God’s Touch: Faith, Wholeness, and the Healing Miracles of Jesus; and Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry. He has taught at Georgetown University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Claremont School of Theology, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is currently theologian in residence at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He can be reached at bruceepperly@gmail.com

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About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.


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