I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. Brene Brown
Meditation: Vulnerable times are times when we are in transition, times when we are sick, times when we feel ashamed or guilty, or times when we are not at our best. Puberty is such a time. Aging confronts us with illnesses or other weaknesses. Marriage and family conflicts bring forth shame or guilt feelings. Being and remaining connected throughout those experiences is a deeply spiritual experience of “belonging” and “love”. Feeling seen, heard and valued despite our human limitations provides an energy that heals, comforts and strengthens us. The Jewish and Christian traditions talk about such connection between God and us. And this connection is the source and the role model for healthy and healing human connections.
Prayer: Gracious God, You are the source of non judgmental acceptance. You are the model for healing connection. Help us as families to rejoice over each other, as You rejoice in us. Help us embrace each others’ imperfections. Quiet our shame and guilt by Your love. Thank You for being the deeper ground on which we stand, especially when life throws challenges our way. And we are grateful. Amen
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17