The Very Rev. Anthony Thurston
One of the chief misunderstandings that you and I experience in life is the difference between power and weakness. What we think appears to be power often stands as weakness. And what seems to be a weakness often proves to be power, when all is said and done. We experience this paradox and confusing experience at many levels of our lives.
We live in the most powerful nation in the history of the world. Yet there are weaknesses that baffle the most intelligent and resourceful political, sociological and economic leaders. There is the weakness of unbalanced budgets, with an astronomical debt that threatens to bury our children and grandchildren. There is the weakness of conflict and suspicion among nations. There is a growing fear between conservatives and liberals and a hostility between the two that appears irresolvable. There continues to be racial issues between whites and blacks and Latinos and Native Americans. There is the weakness of crushing poverty for growing numbers of Americans and the threat that more people will be thrown into this condition because of our inability to resolve the need for food and education, housing and employment and health care. All of the power which we so proudly announce to the world has little to offer when it comes to the healing many of these issues, conflicts and concerns.