Being Strong in Our Weakness!
I don’t know about you, but I grew up being taught to be strong. Never
show your weaknesses. Hide your faults. Emphasize your strong
points. Nowhere is the need to “be strong” more noticeable, and more
important, than in prison. A weakness makes you vulnerable – to being
hurt or taken advantage of. In the free world, being vulnerable opens
the door to being hurt, too. We don’t want to be taken advantage of, so
we keep our “be strong” face on.
“Being Strong” is mankind’s way, isn’t it? I mean, Christ told us that
it is in our weakness that we become strong. It is in our becoming
vulnerable that the power of the Holy Spirit works. When we take off
our “game face,” we let down our guard. We lower the wall that
protects us. The very wall that shuts out Jesus finally comes down, and
Christ’s love shines in and new life begins.
Becoming vulnerable is key if the
inmates are to come to that point
where the love of Christ can
penetrate those hardened walls.
But, being vulnerable is not a
natural thing – it is an
uncomfortable thing. So, the
team models vulnerability to
show that it is OK in the family of
faith to let our guard down and
let the true person God created
Every speaker talks from a
position of being vulnerable. They are modeling for the residents.
And, perhaps even more importantly, the rest of the team is modeling
how the Christian Community responds to a brother or sister who is
vulnerable. We don’t poke fun at them, we embrace them. We speak of
our appreciation of, and our love for the one who has become
How we respond is critical. We are being watched, and our actions do
indeed speak louder than our words. And that’s true whether we’re in
the prison, or at church, or at home, isn’t it?