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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 11, 2016

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MONDAY, January 11

Genesis 2:25 And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

Denise and I have been married for almost a year as I write this. One of the many things I like about our marriage is the lack of shame we feel—lack of shame about our bodies and lack of shame about who we are. We can be fully ourselves with each other. We can allow each other to see all our imperfections, both literal and metaphorical. Neither ignorance nor innocence—but love—makes this unashamed nakedness possible.

I think there is a proper place for shame. The shame we feel about some wrong we’ve committed can lead us to repent and seek forgiveness. But we run into trouble when we absorb the messages of our culture or some people in our church that teach us we should be ashamed of who we are, ashamed of our bodies, our sexuality, our doubts. If we are God’s creations, who we are and how we are should not be a source of shame. Relationships built on love (whether marriage or friendship or the bonds formed in community) do not ask us to be anything other than what and who we are, with all our imperfections.

PRAY for the Diocese of Aguata (Niger, Nigeria)

Ps 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Genesis 2:4-9(10-15)16-25; Hebrews 1:1-14; John 1:1-18



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