Overcoming Shame…

Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together. Brené Brown

Meditation: A few days ago I developed an eye infection that makes my eye lids swollen and red. It is surely not fun! I am on antibiotics now. However, the symptoms have not subsided yet, and I need to go in for work. I am not contagious, just uncomfortable. Having red and swollen eyelids makes me feel vulnerable. Why can’t the infection be in an invisible part of my body? At the same time I am getting in touch with those around me who are living with a disability they cannot hide. Who am I that I think I would be exempt of being seen in my physical vulnerability? As I lean further into my feelings of inadequacy and shame of having red and swollen eyelids, I suddenly feel peace. I feel solidarity with all who carry a visible scar or a visible variance on their bodies. I feel invited by God’s Spirit to allow myself to be seen with my imperfection. A connecting and humbling experience of what it means to be human.

Prayer: God, You remind me of my humanity that connects me with all who are facing visible and invisible vulnerabilities. You accept me in my imperfection, and in doing so, You are helping me overcome my shame. You help me feel compassion for myself and for others who are struggling with an ailment. All of us are fragile, vulnerable and not immune to physical and mental illness. Thank You for loving and accepting us, no matter what. Help us to have a relationship with ourselves and with others that reflect this unconditional love of Yours. Amen

For God shows no partiality. Romans 2:11