Well, we have made it to the end of January. A whole month in 2024! What have you learned in the past 31 days? A few weeks into the new year, I asked you how those resolutions were going. I encouraged you to take steps big and small towards growth, in particular spiritual growth, because God wants us to live into the person we were created to be. Each day brings us opportunities to grow. Some days growth is easy and joyous. Some days growth is terribly hard and challenges us at our very core. Still we can learn from it. Through the highs and lows, the good and the bad, God walks with us, coaxing and blessing our daily transformations. I came across a blessing by Kate Bowler and it made me think about our opportunities to change and grow. The year is young. We have plenty of chances to learn, stretch, and blossom. May this blessing help guide you through the rest of the year. There is plenty of opportunity! We have 334 days remaining in 2024!
a blessing for when you’re different now
Blessed are you, dear one, when the world around you has changed.
Everything is different now,
your body, your age, your relationships, your job, your faith.
The things that once brought you joy.
The way you existed in the world.
The people you love and trust and rely on.
Things have changed and it would be silly to imagine you haven’t changed with them.
You are not who you once were.
Bless that old self,
they did such a good job with what they knew.
They made you who you were,
all the mistakes and heartbreak and naiveté and courage.
And blessed are who you are now,
you who aren’t pretending things are the same,
who continue to grow and stretch and show up to your life as it really is: wholehearted, vulnerable, maybe a little afraid.
So blessed are we, the changed.
Everything Happens Podcast, Kate Bowler.