Worthy As I Am
The language in this reading is full of the language of shame. Shame because of the sins of their past, because they didn’t listen to God’s prophets, because they served other gods. While confessing our wrong doings, our sins, is helpful, being ashamed and stuck in shame is not.
Dr Brené Brown, a shame researcher, defines shame as “the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us unworthy of connection.”
Shame hides in the shadows, telling us we are not worthy of anyone’s love let alone God’s love. But God is in the light and open, reminding us we are worthy of love and belonging.
It can be hard to believe that right now, just as you are, that you are worthy of God’s love? Or in the back of your mind are you thinking to yourself, “Yes, I am worthy of belonging to God… after I get better at praying”, or “once I’ve done this entire Advent devotional.”
Most of us are not sure if we truly are worthy of God’s love or believe we’re deserving of love and belonging from the world. Because if we were we wouldn’t struggle with sharing our gifts openly and freely, we wouldn’t judge those around us, we wouldn’t question God and others.
This Advent let us remember that in love for the whole world, God sent Jesus for all. Just as we are. In this time of preparation, remember that even if you cannot be everything to everyone, you are worthy of God’s unconditional love, today and always.
God of Unending Love and Boundless Forgiveness, this Advent help me prepare by loving myself as much as you love me. Help me to know that I am worthy even when I make mistakes, and help me to see others in the same love and openness that you do every day. Amen
Rev. Andrea Allan (she/her) serves in a United Church congregation that is part of a multi-faith centre called The Cedars in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She lives with her family in Stratford Ontario
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