When Americans think about power, we imagine immense displays. We think about private jets and the power of the wealthy. We think about military might, seeing our technologically advanced military in our mind's eye. We think about Jesus' miracles, showing his spiritual power.
But is that the best example of the power of God at work in the world? Should we expect God to work the way that we do? St. Paul tells the Thessalonians about the power of God to create faith. It might seem small, but it is the most perfect power that the Holy Spirit gives to his people.