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James Hart

(21.06.53 / Grappenhall, Cheshire)

Strength in weakness


Paul’s thorn in the flesh
When I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness

A typical Pauline sophism?
A typical Pauline syllogism?
A typical Pauline casuistry?
A typical Pauline homily.

Paul’s thorn in the flesh
When I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness

Paul was disabled, you see
Was he blind? You ask
Was he lame? You ask
Was it a speech impediment?

Paul’s thorn in the flesh
When I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness

Oh! He was strong in spirit
But weak in appearance
He can’t be our leader, they said
He’s an embarrassment

Paul’s thorn in the flesh
When I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness

Paul said: “Yes, I am weak
But God’s strength is made perfect
In my weakness not in my strength
So up the weak and down the strong! (my words!)

Paul’s thorn in the flesh
When I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness

We are all weak in some way
Weak in our words
Weak in our walk
Weak in our talk

Paul’s thorn in the flesh
When I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness

But for God, weak means strong
Kingdom values, Kingdom virtues
Jesus’ values, Jesus’ virtues
My values? my virtues?

Paul’s thorn in the flesh
When I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness

So the lamb not the lion
The humble not the haughty
The lowly not the lofty
The penitent not the proud.

Paul’s thorn in the flesh
When I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness

Let’s value then the weak
And remember they are strong.
If I am proud, then I am wrong
If I am conceited, then I am wrong

Paul’s thorn in the flesh
When I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness

Let’s fill the Church then with the weak
Push in the wheelchairs
Roll in the scooters
Help the handicapped walk in.

Paul’s thorn in the flesh
When I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness

“At even, ere the sun was set
The sick oh Lord, around thee lay
Oh, in what divers pains they met
Oh with what joy they went away

And none oh Lord, have perfect rest
For none are wholly free from sin;
For they who fain would serve thee best
Are conscious most of sin within.

Thy touch has still its ancient power
No word from thee can fruitless fall
Hear in this solemn hour we pray
And in thy mercy heal us all.”

Paul’s thorn in the flesh
For when I am weak,
Then I am strong
Strength in weakness.

Submitted: Saturday, July 04, 2009

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