What is weak

          God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise;
         God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
         God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not,
         to reduce to nothing things that are.

                  —1 Corinthians 1.27-28

Yes, child, of course you are just a little one,
without power and status in this world.
This means nothing, excuses nothing.

God avoids armies and lightning bolts,
smartypants, strongmen and bullies,
avoids them like poop on the sidewalk.
For God is not a strongman, but a beckoning.
God is a wound, a weakness among us,
an emptiness, a leaning toward what must be filled,
a yearning that draws but does not coerce,
who, even creating, allows but does not demand.
God prefers little ones, despised ones, powerless ones,
impossible ones: a child in a cage, a girl crying out,
a black man shot, a crucified peasant.

Or you, little one, whom the world judges foolish,
endowed with love and therefore
with more power than a tyrant.
Fear not. Speak out. Live your light.
God has chosen it, and not some secret weapon,
to shame the strong, to heal the world,
to bring life out of death.
You, little one, go with courage.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

January 30, 2020

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