Palm Sunday: Vulnerability
What is it that makes you vulnerable? In our lifetimes, we don’t lose our spiritual vulnerability. We wouldn’t want to lose it. How we come to know God, how God breaks through to us, is probably through something that is broken in our lives.
– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
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Question for Reflection:
How will you share your vulnerability with Jesus today?
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I lost my 89 yr-old mother to cancer a few months ago and have been in a place of very deep sorrow. It has been quite debilitating at times; to the point where one day I found it very difficult to even get out of bed.
Through prayer and grief counseling, I have found that I am able to function in what I call ‘the deepest of valleys.’ I have not been able to fulfill some of my commitments and may have disappointed some of my instructors who have no idea that I am in this emotionally vulnerable place.
This is when sometimes my only prayer is, “God help me!” I have never been in this place before but know that it is in this most vulnerable season of my life that I will probably grow the most. I have had to fully rely on God for everything.
My most vulnerable moments are when I feel that I might be revealed as unworthy, not good enough. I’m pretty confident of myself when I do things I’m familiar with, but it’s when I try something new that I feel I’m on shaky ground. I fairly recently decided to try to be open to God’s leading me, even when it involves something new. I take a deep breath and remind myself that if God has asked me to do something, he will not abandon me to do it by myself. He has promised to be there with me always. I think the only way to conquer vulnerability is to face it and lean into it. With God’s promise of help, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” It’s working pretty well so far. Praise God.