Strength is made perfect in weakness? How could such be? The world works by way of what it determines as strong, mighty, glorious, wise, prestigious, recognizable, etc. God, however, works far differently than the way the world does. He works through weakness, through foolishness, through the lowly. Thus do we see Christ, who through the weakness and shame of the cross, saves us from our sins. Also through our own crosses, our own weaknesses, and our own thorns, we see God at work in us, humbling us to be His blessed people, strengthening us in the faith of His Holy Word, and crucifying our sinful flesh that we deny ourselves and follow Him. God grant this unto us all. Amen.