Thursday, February 8, 2007
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1 Corinthians 12:22-26 – On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honourable we bestow the greater honour, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honour to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. (ESV)

During recent weeks, I have played with my computer and have spent evenings fiddling with the BIOS/CMOS (low level computer choices) to get it to work properly.

In so doing, I remembered an older computer which I had been given by a friend and which I had spent time tinkering with. My friend had given it to me on account of his having had enough of it! If I could make it work, I had a computer; if not, then into the bin! Using a piece of wire carefully attached to a screw-hole in the corner of the motherboard and linked to the computer housing — to make good a poor ground connection — I managed to get it to work.

Once the cover was back on, no-one could see the wire. I knew that it did mean that the computer had to be carefully handled when being moved; however, it served out its days with the current software of its time.

Recently, I read today's verses and associated them with this old computer. I marvelled at how God treats us in our weakness: sometimes He heals us physically, but always He cleanses us from our sins, binds up the broken-hearted, and nurtures the frail in their situations.

Jesus directs our paths, as we allow Him, keeping us connected to His eternal power. He is mindful of our weaknesses — emotional, physical, and spiritual. As we call upon His loving grace and protection today, we become as normal as we are able to pass for, in this present age, and in the process, we escape destruction and damnation.

Like my old computer, some of us do not show our weaknesses as external infirmities, but inwardly, we are enabled, empowered, and wired together by the grace of God. Often this grace is worked out to us, and through us, safe in the church where we belong.

Prayer: Lord, we thank You that You have provided the connection to eternity through Your grace and love. We rejoice in knowing Your fellowship in and through the churches where You have placed us. O Holy Spirit, reside with us and with those to whom You take us today, because we ask it in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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