Strength Through Weakness
This term, our focus for Worship and other devotional opportunities, has been Strength through Weakness. I have really enjoyed hearing and learning about other people’s understandings of this theme and how it relates to our staff, students and wider community at St Martins. What a wonderful concept to see our weaknesses as opportunities for God’s strength to be more visible.
Over the last week I have been fortunate to work with the gorgeous young people and lovely teacher, in 2B. We have been preparing the Worship presentation for this Friday. Our bible reading for the service comes from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
“Praise be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves
receive from God.”
This verse compliments our theme of Strength through Weakness and also introduces the idea that through our own experiences of trouble and hardship, we are better able to help others when they too experience challenges. We can comfort them and show compassion, just as God provides comfort and compassion to us. In this way, our times of weakness can become strength, in that our weaknesses allow us to empathise with and provide support to those around us.
Often my involvement with those in our school community is at times when they are feeling weak, vulnerable and experiencing troubles in their lives. I consider it a privilege to be able to provide comfort and support to others at these moments and am very aware that I don’t do this alone. I rely on God and the comfort he provides me, to be able to comfort others.
I also believe that one of the great strengths of our school community, is that we understand that when we are weak we are able to see more clearly God’s strength working through us, and that providing comfort to others is what God calls us to do.
I wish you all a very safe, relaxing and well-earned holiday break.
Jane Savage | College Counsellor