This Sunday’s readings focus on the abundance and blessing of God, and of the life with him that he invites us to share. The collect for this Sunday has the following lines:
Renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power.
Whilst this may seem like a very ordinary request, made with no particular hope of fulfilment, the opposite is actually true. This is a request and a prayer which we make in the sure and certain knowledge that precisely this promise is given to us by God.
In the Bible, in both the old and new testaments, again and again we find stories of God choosing the weak instead of the strong, the unknown instead of the famous, and those from the margins rather than those who hold obvious power. God so often shows his power and his love and his presence in our lives through those people, things, and situations where we might least expect to find him.
From Abraham, who was too old to have children, through to Joseph, who was thrown into prison before becoming the most powerful man in Egypt, to Moses who was unable to speak with clarity and thus needed his brother Aaron, to Gideon, who was too scared, to David who was the least and youngest of his family, to Paul who began as an enemy to Christ and was always lacking in physical stature and suffered an unknown and incurable illness or disability – and of course Jesus himself, born in obscurity and poverty. The love and power of God is always found in weakness, at the margins, and in the places so easily overlooked.
May this give you hope in this coming year, that wherever you may find yourself, and most particularly when you find yourself in struggles or difficulties, that you are not alone, and that no matter how invisible things may be to the outside world, God always sees, and God always promises to be with us and to sustain us.