It is weakness, not strength, that binds us together and to God

By: Stephen Marsh
August 17, 2012

It is weakness, not strength, that binds us together and to God. We have weaknesses that they may become a source of strength to us (cf Ether 12). It is hard to remember that sometimes, and harder, still, to believe the things we know to be true and to let God in our lives.


Read this post, skip the comments, and may this week give you kindness, patience and grace.

As Naiah says:

I look forward to the stillness, the unperturbed stillness. It is an anchor, a point of sanity in a world gone awry. Eternal truth in all its depth and breadth and height is there as plainly manifest as the sun shining on me now.From the very first of my return, (detailed here) I have known I was working my way back to the temple. I am almost there. I can’t wait. I can feel it in my veins… “Home. Welcome. Welcome Home. Time to let it go. Beat. Beat. Beat. Breathe. Beat. On and on.”

No matter how lost, no matter how much pain, may you be able to believe the things you know to be true and may you all find your way home.

7 Responses to It is weakness, not strength, that binds us together and to God

  1. Paul on August 17, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    Love your title, and agree completely. In fact, I’m in the middle of a series of posts that will also support this point of view by the time I’m done. I’ve heard Pr Eyring teach that one of the reasons the Lord allows us to have hard things to do is so we will learn to rely on Him to get them done.

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  2. Stephen M (Ethesis) on August 17, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Paul, feel free to toss a link to your essays in the comments.

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  3. Paul on August 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Thanks, Stephen. It’s a four-parter that starts here:

    http://www.alatterdayvoice.blogspot.com/2012/08/happiness-salvation-redemption-mercy.html

    Part III, which posts on Monday gets to the idea of our weakness’ drawing us to God.

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  4. Bonnie on August 17, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Delightful, Stephen. I often think about Carl Jung’s ideas about our shadow self being full of gold, perhaps in need of a bit of refinement. It’s been humbling to me to see that the things I thought were strengths were pretty paltry compared to what could be made of my weaknesses. Thanks for the links. They were lovely.

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  5. prometheus on August 17, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    This ties nicely into the ideas of independence versus interdependence. The strength of independence leaves one alone. The collective strength of interdependence leaves us together, and stronger than any of us alone.

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  6. Hedgehog on August 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    It is the ‘feeling’ I get at the temple, that keeps me going there, and keeps me functioning in church, inspite of all the niggles etc. However many things I don’t like, don’t understand, that ‘feeling’ is amazing.

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  7. Stephen R. Marsh on August 18, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Thank you to everyone for the comments.

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