The Real You

“If you really knew me.”
“That’s not the real me.”
“You don’t know anything about me.”

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." -- e.e. cummings

Sometimes it’s easy to think no one knows who we are – who we really are.  It can be frustrating when others assume things about us.  It seems as if we receive a million messages a day telling us who we can be or should be.  Who are you?  And, sometimes we’re just not sure we want people to know who we really are.

It’s a life-long journey to figure out who we are.

But there is someone who knows us. We hear God tell Jeremiah he was known before he was born:
    “Before I shaped you in the womb,
      I knew all about you.
     Before you saw the light of day,
     I had holy plans for you.”
- Jeremiah 1:5 The Msg

These words are meant for us too!  Over and over God repeats it: I KNOW YOU. YOU ARE MINE. I LOVE YOU.  And, we don’t quite believe it.  We are chosen, holy and beloved.  It doesn’t matter so much what other people think because we are known for who we are.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 as we remind one other that we are known.


May you carry a furnace fire of hope when the world falls dark around you. May you find in your heart forgiveness when others, unthinking, hurt you. May you know as deep as DNA in the marrow of your soul you are known, you are loved, you are valued. Though you fear it, you are never alone. May you walk in the cool of the evening in the garden your maker has given. May you bring to trembling, fragile earth the certain touch of heaven. May your eyes never lose the wonder of the miracle of your birth. From your heart, come love. From your life, come truth. From your sweetness, may strength come forth.” -- From Spoken Worship: Living Words for Personal and Public Prayer by Gerard Kelly

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