“When self knowledge is rooted in the depths of divine love, one can face one’s limitations and admit to complicity in sin,” writes Lauren Winner in her book Clothed in God.
But such self knowledge can overwhelm. Recognition of our blind spots catapults us to sit in shame and guilt. Paralysis of the heart looms if we let it. Principalities lurch toward gaining a foothold.
Yet hope penetrates and the promise of abundant life beckons. Because it is rooted in a love that infuses mind, body, and soul. The fabric of our our very beings are formed out of it:
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!” Psalm 139:13-14
The miraculous threading of the divine through the ripped evidence of our encounters with the earthly kingdom mystifies and makes….all things new. But first we must acknowledge what’s in need of repair.
“Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.” Psalm 139:23-24
God’s permeating presence enables us to come as we are-seeking wholeness, knowing Divine mercy and grace reshape us.
Come and seek. We are always welcome.
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