Power Failure 
Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 07:24 AM - Extra Christy
Like people everywhere, our hearts ache for the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike. Ike came by our place Sunday night during our church's Free Community Dinner. The winds were impressive. After the storm, power outages put nearly 2 million Ohioans in the dark. I write this Tuesday, and the power is still out around the church neighborhood. The church has "half" power. We get our power from two grids and only one grid is working now so some things work, others do not. With the outlets working but the lights without power we were faced with working on computers by candlelight!

As the Internet and lights remain out: Folks cope with moving perishable food to friends with power, staying with family, canceling meetings, etc. The greeting is how did you weather the storm? The best answer was from a bank teller, "Well, work is fine but my home is without power...I wish it was the other way around! Then I could stay home!"

Power in the Bible is talked about in 2 Corinthians chapter 12, it says "God's power is made perfect in weakness". When the comfort and convenience provided by electrical power is removed (no football!) Other forms of power come to the front. Neighbors meeting together to remove downed limbs, reading or talking to loved ones instead of watching television, friends keeping perishable food for others, family rescuing relatives from the dark. Folks use the power of love to replace electrical power.
Sometimes it takes a power failure to find real power.

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -- 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (CEV)

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