The Hebrew word "blessed" suggests the idea of strength. In our weakness God comes alongside to give us his incredible strength. Someone shared that the root meaning of "blessed" is "to kneel, praise and salute." Accordingly, one of the nouns derived from this root is the Hebrew word for "knee," which is one of the weakest parts of the body. As a child I was taught to kneel for my bedtime prayers and at church we knelt as we prayed. It was a reminder to us that our kneeling was an act of humbling ourselves before God where we found our greatest strength in him.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.