Monday, March 26, 2018
Today we say “Yes” to Self and “No” to Shame. These two things may not seem like they connect, but in several ways, they are very connected. Now, before you jump to conclusions or quit reading altogether, take a few moments to ponder what these might mean to you. Have you done something for yourSelf today?
This is not a selfish question and your answer does not indicate that you care more for yourSelf than others. However, there are plenty of people who find themselves trapped by an inability to care for themSelves because of a previous pain that constantly haunts them. Specifically, there’s probably a few things that each of us need to accomplish that may not benefit anyone other than ourSelves. It may have nothing to do with personal pleasure or gain, and it may have nothing to do with something that benefits our family. Rather, this is something that has kept us imprisoned for so long that we’ve grown used to its’ chains and we’re afraid to let it go.
Today is the day to release that burden. It’s the one circling on the front of your brain at the moment, and though you don’t need permission to release it, please understand that Jesus’ march towards the cross gives us all the permission we need. Jesus’ passion and Resurrection releases us from the Shame that binds us. It’s time to let it go and move forward in the joy that God created for you.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself
will be with them; he will wipe every tear away from their eyes.Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first
things have passed away’” (Revelation 21:3-4, NRSV).
Start Holy Week by giving something to yourSelf. Today, say “Yes” to Self and “No” to Shame!
(Note from the Administrator:If this does not describe you, please pray for someone that is burdened by this kind of pain. These pains are much more common than we might think and your prayers matter.)