Movements begin when oppressed people make – and keep remaking – a deeply inward decision to stop consenting to external demands that contradict a critical inner truth, the truth that they are worthy of respect. Parker Palmer
Meditation: What if the messages from our family of origin or of society have conveyed to us that we are “deficient or not good enough”? What if they neglected or abused us and conveyed to us that we are “not worthy of care, love and respect”? What if we were told that our life “has no value other than to enrich the lives of others”? How do we find this critical spiritual truth that we are worthy of respect, self-respect and love? Change and a new movement begin when we allow new and different voices to tell us how valuable we are. Healing happens when we stop consenting to be mistreated, excluded, disrespected and abused. Just as the ten leprous men refused to stay in their assigned marginalization but held onto hope of healing when Jesus came along. They cried out. And they were heard. They experienced acceptance and left their untouchable isolation. Their self-perception changed forever. They were healed.
Prayer: God of healing, You always want to lead us out of oppression and out of our imprisonment. You want to help us where we are marginalized to stop believing the oppressive voices around us. You want us to come to believe the truth that we are deeply loved and valuable. You want us to be able to say “no” to those who disrespect us and who want to use us only for their own advantage. You want us to be healed by developing deep self-love and self-respect. Your Spirit wants to free us from any isolation, abuse or oppression. Help us to call out to You, today and every day. Amen
As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Luke 17: 12-13 (NASB)