When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable. Madeleine L’Engle

Meditation: The past days I have struggled with an ear infection. I had those a lot when I was a child, but have not had one for probably forty years. On top of my infection, several emotionally unsettling things have happened these past two weeks. Somehow, a perfect storm. The past three days, I had to take time off from work. My physical and my emotional body would not let me function as usual. Somehow I had gotten completely overwhelmed with life, and did not notice. Until I got slowed down. I experienced myself vulnerable as I have not felt in a long time. My husband was able to walk with me through this new experience of me being sick and not highly functional as usual. I am resting now, feeling like having come through a storm and being on the other side. Feeling like a tidal wave sucked me in, but now I am back on shore. A strange yet healing experience of being vulnerable.

Prayer: God of storms and tidal waves. God of vulnerability and love. I am grateful for your presence with me as I went through my experience of physical and emotional vulnerability. I feel humbled and reminded that being grown up does not mean not being vulnerable. Thank you for the love and the care I have received these past days. Amen

Do not be afraid—I will save you. I have called you by name—you are mine. When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you. Isaiah 43: 1-2

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