Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Vulnerability

"When we understand just how weak we really are and that we need each other."

Yesterday I was blessed to make some new friends with a family from Sullivan county in Missouri. A group of people from Dockery went there to help clean up tornado damage from a couple of weeks ago. This area has been hit very hard and has been devastated by the tornado damage. We help clean up around the Kilmer family farms. They rented several farms and of the 5 farms that they rented ion that area four where hit by the tornado. Their home was destroyed along with countless barns, garages, and farm equipment.

Mr. Kilmer, when he spoke with us during our lunch break, told us about how people from Kansas drove tractors to to Northeast Missouri last week and planted 500 acres of his crops for him. HE told us about how he has seen good in this storm through the people who have just stepped in to help them in this time of need. And he said something like the quote at the top of the page. It is amazing, "when we understand just how weak we really are and that we need each other."

We are all weak and in need of each other. I think that the great myth of our culture (and we do everything we can to perpetuate it) is that we are not weak, fragile, broken people in need of others and in need of God. We are created by God to be in community, to be dependent on one another. Yet, we shake our bony fist at God and say we can do it on our own. We put on superman capes and wonder woman bracelets and we pretend that we are independent and bullet proof. We try to do it all on our own and it just makes us more fragile and more broken and then we have to try even harder to hide our weakness and not let others see us as we truly are.

"It is amazing when we understand just how weak we really are and that we need each other."
This might be the start of something very freeing and powerful in our lives.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

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