You are scared.
You are tired.
You question whether they want you here
in this nation
in the church
in your school
in your home.
The voices in your head
The voices on the screen
keep telling you you are not enough
These voices are lies.
These voices are the voice of the Adversary.
You are loved.
Your are beautifully and wonderfully made.
You are called to this work, to this life.
God will sustain you.
God needs you in this work
to break the rod of the oppressor
And at the heart of that work is love
Join us in a Lenten journey to reconnect with yourself and with God. Engage in a Lenten practice of self care and love of self (after all, in order to love our neighbor we must first love ourselves). Spend some time examining false beliefs you hold about yourself, the reason behind the voices in your head saying you can't, you aren't, you won't ever.
This is a different kind of repentance, but no less important. Turn away from the false narratives surrounding you and inside of you that diminish your light, pain your heart and starve your soul. Turn away from the false narratives that disconnect you from self, neighbor and God.
After all, when you love yourself, you love God herself.