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Shame plays more of a role in my life than I want it to.

Shame functioning as the voice saying I “Should Have Already Mastered Everything”,

Shame saying that I could do this thing if I tried harder and

Shame asking why I’m not as good at the things other people can do, in seemingly effortless, efficient, and effective ways.

Shame is loud enough to block out the gentle sounds of invitations, affirmations, and consolation.

I don’t want shame to live in my house. My heart house, my head house, my physical house, the house of my energy or my spirit.

Through your power and mercy, I seek for shame to be bound by Christ’s own kindness and cast away from me. Cast it away to a place where its horrible, diminishing voice cannot be heard and can no longer harm.

I pray this powerfully not only for myself, but for so many others.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.




The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at and She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit.

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