New Beginnings


There are times when the demands of caregiving feel overwhelming. Your coping skills are almost at their end. One more thing, and ______. (You may not even have the emotional strength to fill in the blank.)

What sounds and feels like the end of things is really a place of new beginnings. The discovery of resources beyond your own. Far, far beyond.

The Apostle Paul was at a place of deep despair. He faced great emotional pressures. But it was physical enough that he called it “a thorn in the flesh”. If you think about those words for a moment, you can almost feel the sharpness of his soul- piercing pain.

But then comes his – and our – life-changing discovery. “When I am weak, then I am strong”. (2 Cor. 12:10) At first glance, those words seem to fly in the face of logic. Strength is strength, and weakness is weakness. And like the old saying, “never the twain shall meet”, except in the ways of our LORD. Only when we reach the end of our own strength, when we have no resources of our own, can  we begin to see clearly and to draw on the strength of our life-sustaining God.

Prayer – Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, so that I can see and draw on your limitless strength today. Amen.

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