“He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103: 14)
Outside the hospital in Larbert is a sign pointing the way to the ‘Frailty Clinic’.
Noticing it for the first time the other day, I was intrigued and tempted to ask if we could have one to put outside each of our church buildings.
‘Frailty’ is a much gentler word than ‘sin’, and describes perfectly what the Psalmist says is God’s assessment of the human condition.
It is part and parcel of being human to make mistakes, or what turn out to be unwise choices, through tiredness sometimes, or fear, or because we can only ever see part of the whole picture.
God, according to the Psalmist, understands our human frailty and takes it into account when deciding how to respond in a way that will help us to learn from our mistakes and not become trapped in them.
Jesus, made of dust as we are, dealt much more harshly with those who thought they were perfect than with those who were all too well aware of their frailty and clamoured to attend his ‘frailty clinics’, knowing that there they would find acceptance and healing, not condemnation.
Rev. Dr J. Mary Henderson
Minister of Laurieston linked with Redding and Westquarter Church of Scotland