On the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 12, we offered an essential prayer regarding the source of our strength. “O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
Offering these words at the beginning of the liturgy was a timely, true, and humbling reminder that in our weakness, human beings can do nothing good. Our actual ability to glorify and please God in will and deed is rooted in the source of our strength: God. Whenever we rely on God and entrust our lives, present and future, to the One who created us, we come closer to experiencing a certain peace that surpasses human understanding.
In a world where patience and trust appear to be dying by the minute, the faithful are invited to recall our strength. Weakness will always be very much a part of the human condition, but so can strength. May this prayer of French priest, Teilhard de Chardin encourage us today and every day of this earthly life. “Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new… Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.”
God’s blessings as we pray and try,
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector