Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Prayer for Thursday, February 24, 2011

“Blessed Are the Meek”

To be meek is not to be mild; the Lord Jesus was meek but we would hardly regard him as mild.

Indeed, no greater strength can be displayed than that which is displayed through meekness and no one ever displayed greater meekness and thus greater strength than did the Lord.

To be meek is to be willing and able to accept and to absorb the harm or wrong that someone inflicts on you and thereby perhaps to redeem it, to turn it into something positive for the community or the world—and maybe even for the one or ones inflicting the harm.

Perhaps there is no greater form of meekness than to be willing and able to take and to absorb the harm or wrong that someone inflicts not on you but rather on another—or on many others—and thus to redeem it.

It is hard to imagine a characteristic that is more Christ-like than meekness.

So God, give us the vision to see beyond the present hurt; give us the faith to see how you might work in it and through it and beyond it to bring about something better; and give us the courage to be meek and the meekness to be courageous.


“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).

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