"Be who you are and be that well." -- St. Francis de Sales
Prayer #133: Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You Are
We are made in Your image and likeness.
Does this mean You have eyelashes and a tendency to bite Your nails? Probably not.
Does this mean You are every color and no color, each creed and any creed, both sex and sexuality? Getting warmer.
Does this mean You contain the spectrum of human possibility at its best and finest? Definitely.
Which means this works the other way, too. Are we omnipotent and omniscient, aware of what's churning in our fellow humans' hearts? Eh, not so much.
Do our infinite permutations bump up against finite understanding? Closer yet.
Are we 6 billion refractions of You, with more courage, compassion, and capacity to love within us than we will ever grasp and fulfill? Bingo.
Lord, be with those who are learning about themselves yet afraid to share that self-knowledge with others for fear of rejection, reproach, and recrimination. Be with those who are angry and confused for reasons they cannot name; help them comprehend and accept.
Remind us all that You had so much love in Your being that You poured it into us to keep from exploding. Help us draw on that well now -- eros, philia, and above all, agape -- to welcome all refractions and complete Your prism.