Today’s Scripture Selection: Isaiah 53:7

I don’t like to think of myself as “meek.”

I prefer to see myself as:

  • Competent
  • Strong
  • Exertive
  • Possessing Leadership Qualities
  • Successful
  • And a whole lot of other “modern” personality traits we associate with being a capable human being.

Meek?  I don’t think so – even in my quiet, contemplative, caring, moments.

Then I think of this picture of Jesus:

“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth, he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”

And I am stunned into silence myself.  Jesus was “meek” in this most powerful of ways.  And where would I be – where would we all be – had he chosen another way?

Strength has nothing to do with never being meek.  In fact, real strength may be exhibited by “meekness” as defined by scripture.

So, “Blessed are the meek.”  May God help me to become one of his more meek followers and so become more Christ-like.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for modeling true meekness – and incomparable strength and courage – even on the cross.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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