Greetings from Father Joseph – November e blast

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well (Psalm 139:14)
What is your narrative, the story that you tell yourself? Have you surrendered to the tyranny of the perfect? What scars do you have that you are ashamed of? Why are you ashamed of them? What is your disability and why can’t you celebrate who you are? What holds you back? Are you afraid of being vulnerable?
Our Psalmist celebrates the image of God that you are and the divine dance.
Psalm 139
O lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when i sit down and when i rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    o lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is so high that i cannot attain it.
As a person living with a disability, I have learned that we all have those broken places, but we have the power to write our story and share our narrative.
Don’t let this world write your story – take back the pen and celebrate you.
As someone once said, make your scars into stars. Let your life speak.
Claim your narrative and let it be a work of art, for you are created in the image of God. Proclaim your life in the words of the Psalmist, “For I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, that I know very well.”
I think of Parker Palmer’s book, “Let Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of your Vocation,” as he writes:
“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody,
what values you represent.”
Your life speaks before you do. Your body speaks, too, and, yes, your narrative is not perfect. Sometimes your song is off key. But celebrate the broken places, and dance in the glorious imperfections. For God shines best through our broken places, and this is how your life can shine. Let your light so shine before others!
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
love like you’ll never be hurt,
sing like there’s nobody listening,
and live like it’s heaven on earth.”
(William W. Purkey)
You are God’s child. Let us let our lives shine the love of God.
Father Joseph

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