It is obvious when you are sick that you need support. We need doctors, medicine, someone to rub our head or bring us chicken soup. When we are supported, we feel better even if we remain sick. This truth became clear while caring for my in-laws in Kansas City last week. I observed them both laughing more the longer we were together, I could see they felt more themselves as they received the support they needed.
It occurs to me that when there is a lack of needed support not only individuals flail, but systems, workers, families, neighborhoods. Can I even say police departments become unhealthy and contentious. We cannot be our best without the proper support. We are learning more than ever about what is needed in neighborhoods and emergency response across our country in the headlines. But my prayer is when the headlines go away, we continue to create healthy supportive society for all.
Humans need support in many forms to be our best self.
The same is true in our Christian faith and spirituality. When we are supported, we become more who God has made us to be.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.
-- 2 Corinthians 3:18
You, transformed more into the likeness of God from one degree of glory to another, what teachers have called the true self, is exactly what the world needs.
Take some time to find support from others in the faith. Call a friend and risk asking about their relationship with God and Church. Reach out to other resources like sermons, meditations, books, poetry, and music because all of it connects you not only with God but with other people on the same journey. Try something new. Ask God to guide you. We don’t find hope all by ourselves in isolation – get on the journey inward that leads to a more courageous compassionate person on the outside.
I am reading Witnessing Whiteness and My Grandmothers Hands to support my becoming a truer reflection of God.
With you on the journey