“I will live within your limits as the very wisdom of God.”
Clearly, I need to begin with an apology.
I have not loved you well.
I have treated you like a machine
Rather than honored you
As the sacred space that you are.
Please, forgive me.
I have abandoned you in your time of need and of pain.
No, not completely.
I have held other’s pain while refusing yours.
Please, forgive me.
I have not listened to your wisdom,
Tending instead the voices of intellect or impulse or others.
I am listening now.
I celebrate your beauty and complexity.
I celebrate your wonderfully woven goodness and interconnectedness.
I celebrate your softness and resilience.
I celebrate the whole of you and how graciously and tenderly you hostess my soul.
I love you, my body.
And I commit to live into that love in new ways.
I will listen to you.
I will live within your limits as the very wisdom of God.
I will hold your pain with the largeness of my soul and pray for your healing.
May you find new health and strength and wholeness in my love.
May my love find the same in you.
Read Janet’s full post here.
More Beautiful Body Sorry and Symphonies …
” … there’s a stigma in my mind
that people under five feet two
should be wisps
boned like a bird
with skin like sleek feathers
and weigh as much as one
but it’s not true
and i need to apologize for trying to make you fit
making you retch
groan with hunger pains
for days weeks and months
only to make you run
and sweat to be better
but there was nothing wrong in the first place
it is my fault for making you feel so
and for treating you like i did
for so treacherously long
i am sorry …
and i can only say how truly glad i am
that your strength was greater than my weakness.”
Read the rest of Lakin’s post here.
“I’m sorry I abused you. I’m sorry I didn’t have the strength to stand up for you and love you just the way you were. I’m sorry I pulled your insides out and ruined your whole digestive system to cope with my pain. I’m sorry I tried to get rid of you again, and again and again.”
Read the rest of Katherine’s post here.
i’m sorry that i’ve said words ungrateful and untrue.
i’m sorry i’ve compared you to anyone, ever.
you are my earthen vessel, from way back then, right here now and into the new heavens and the new earth.
go ahead and have grey hair already. you deserve it.
and i love that gap between your front teeth, too.”
Read the rest of Becca’s post here.
But this stops now. I will try to embrace you as often as I can. I will love every inch of you. Every scar. Every stretch mark. Every wrinkle. Every pimple. Every split end. Every inch of pasty white skin. Every ounce of fat. Every ounce of muscle.”
Read the rest of Jess’ post here.
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