Christmas Strength and Weakness

Peter Wehner, in his New York Times essay "Christmas Turns the World Upside Down", writes about inversion — how the birth of Jesus, and his entire life, was not "... characterized by privilege, comfort, public celebration or self-glorification; it was marked instead by lowliness, obscurity, humility, fragility ...".

Wehner explains how Power can be "made perfect in weakness":

... weakness opens us up to a fundamentally new definition of strength — strength that is not coercive, domineering, prideful and self-seeking but rather compassionate, sacrificial, humble and empathetic. God's power, perfected through our weakness, makes us instruments of mercy, seekers of justice, agents of reconciliation ...

(cf My Business (1999-05-30), Christmas Faith (2000-12-23), Universal Flourishing (2001-12-25), Yes, Virginia (2004-12-26), ...) - ^z - 2020-01-03