You hear my voice
You hear my cries
You feel my pain
You hold my disgust
You smell my rage
You taste my fear
You know
You know
You know
Why my body cringes this way
Why each story shakes me so
Why I don’t get over it
Why I won’t be quiet about it
(And also why I don’t tell the whole tale out loud ever)
Why I choose to look back at that scar
And also dare to glimpse up and out and ahead
Why I choose how to see me and my body
Even still
As beloved by you
Created in your image
Perfect and good
Because you know
(Not in spite of you knowing)
Because you know
Because you were there
And still
You keep reminding me
I am enough
I am valuable
I am precious
I am dear
I am strong
I am wonderfully made
I am holy
I am free
I am your beloved creation
And I am good

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I love you.
Amen.

 


The Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian (PCUSA) Church in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book and blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.


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