I grew up and was reared by wrinkled hands that had already raised the previous generation. I didn’t feel I was enough– my upbringing was not picturesque, yet the rose-colored lens of life and family is misleading. We are conditioned to see idyllic images. It is on those days when we don’t feel as though we are enough, when we’re anxious, have chaotic thoughts, and when our voices are muted, that we need to hear: you are enough. You are seen, you are heard, and your presence is needed. Worth is not determined by your pedigree, education level, or accolades but by the content of your heart.
You are enough! You are perfectly imperfect and a part of the beautiful tapestry of the church with its rough edges. I echo David’s Psalm 139 saying you are wonderfully made. You are cut in the image of God and in that image, there are no flaws. In that image, you are loved unconditionally, given reassurance, and blanketed with grace.
This message is excerpted from “Hear me roar” by Ralen M. Robinson in the February 2023 Café online magazine. Today we commemorate Ansgar, Bishop of Hamburg, missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865.
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