We live in a world that has expectations about how people should look, and it is not afraid to tell us so. We receive all kind of messages from the media about how we should look (usually thin/muscular and white), we sometimes hear it from family, from co workers, from friends. It can be hard to remember, with all of these voices around, that we are made in God's image.That we are made in love. That we reflect who God is. When we allow ourselves to be taken in by these voices of how we look, when we forget that we are made in the image of God and begin to beat ourselves up for how we look, we create a break in our relationship with God. We forget to appreciate all that we have, forget that we were made in loving care. Often forgetting this leads to self-destruction.
This meditation is longer than previous meditation. It is a meditation on the body with some scripture from Genesis. Please note: I am a cis-gendered, fully abled, white woman. Because this is my frame, I worked hard to include everyone -- because you are all beautiful. But the topic of body is fraught -- particularly for trans, non gender conforming, and differently abled people. I have made efforts to ensure you are all included, but my efforts likely fall short. Still, I hope this can be useful to you. Listen once and make it your own. Then do it in the shower, in the bath, when you are naked. Spend some time really contemplating your body and the amazing work of art it is. Because you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are very good. You are beautiful. You are loved.