Beautiful

Eight women sit together Sunday evening
I know all by name, but most not much more than that
Tonight’s topic? Wounds.

We watch the DVD.
I see women on the screen as they share past hurts
And while these are real women with real hurts
I am largely unaffected
These are strangers to me

I wonder if I’ll be willing to share any part of my story
when we turn off the DVD.
I’m expecting awkward silence

But instead, the woman in the group I know best
shares something I never knew
I marvel at her courage
because knowing her as I do
I understand how difficult the sharing must be

One by one we each share something painful from our pasts

I see my own past hurts mirrored in other stories
Not the same scenarios so much
as the weight they’ve carried
because they’ve seen themselves
as damaged goods
unworthy somehow
of their heart’s desires

I say a silent prayer
I ask God to help them see themselves
for who they are
caring
strong
kind
worthy
beautiful
and worth fighting for

Dare I ask Him
to help me see
the same in me?

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20 Responses to “Beautiful”

  1. Michael October 26, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    That is heart wrenching, but there is definitely healing in community like you described. My heart weeps because so many are hurting and do not feel worthy of love.

    And by the way, the pic of you and your mother is beautiful.

  2. Candy October 26, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    Oh that picture, just love it.

    When we share our stories, especially our hurts, we find we have a lot more in common than we think. Beauty from ashes, and He makes it so.

  3. Frank October 26, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Echo everyone on the picture, beautiful. I also echo Michael in that there is healing in community. How blessed you are to be part of such a group and have the opportunity to learn from one another. I do pray you all find worth in the Lord. You’re not only worth fighting for, you were worth dying for.

  4. Maureen October 26, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Women strip
    away
    what hides
    heart
    and soul.

    Their light
    burns bright.

    Very moving, Kathy.

  5. HisFireFly October 26, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    Praying that you indeed see clearly the beauty He created in you, for the rest of us already see.

  6. A Simple Country Girl October 26, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Indeed.
    Yes.

    Do pray it for you, for your most beautiful self, miss Kathy.

    Because…I will encourage you and knit my heart to yours. In love I will do this. (Col.2:2)

    Because…someone did this for me and it changed my life.

    Hugs, love, blessings, and prayers,
    Your sister-in-Christ.

  7. jasonS October 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    It really is amazing how we can pray for others so fervently and in our heart of hearts feel like we can’t dare to ask it for ourselves. So glad our God loves us enough to place the lonely in families, to bind up the brokenhearted, to heal the afflicted. We can’t underestimate how much of that happens as we share and hear from others. Great post, Kat. Thank you.

  8. Hazel Moon October 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    I attended a class where we visualized Jesus being there at the time we were hurt. The question most asked is why did He not stop the offender? Answer all have a Free will and Jesus must stand back. But what was Jesus saying to you at that time.
    Come to me, I will hold you in my arms, and I understand because they hurt me too!!

  9. Helen October 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    It’s that last question that is the most challenging, isn’t it?

  10. Doug Spurling October 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    I remember sometime ago you told me you were crying tears of joy after hearing how my daughter had turned her life back to Jesus.

    And now I’m not suprised to hear you hurt for those who hurt and said a prayer for them.

    You can know for sure that the same measure you give will be given to you.

    Your Father is pleased to see your heart so…

    caring
    strong
    kind
    worthy
    beautiful
    and worth fighting for

    and without even daring to ask
    He longs to

    help you to see
    the same in you?

    God bless you my friend. Thanks for all you do.

  11. Cassandra Frear October 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    When we tell our stories, we help one another. It’s a very powerful thing.

  12. Peter P October 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    Beautiful!

  13. Tony Alicea October 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    The gift of going second. I love it. Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing this. It makes a bigger impact than you even know.

  14. Kathy October 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    That was beautiful Kathy. I said a little prayer for you.

  15. katdish October 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    Thank you all so much for your kind comments. You all encouraged me today.

  16. Sandra Heska King October 27, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Beautiful and brave.

    There is healing in the telling–for ourselves and others.

    Hugs to you.

  17. Jingle October 31, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    that is super extraordinary.
    you see the beauty in these women via God’s eyes,
    divine writing, keep it up.

  18. Jingle October 31, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/halloween-party-at-jingle-poetry-monday-poetry-potluck-tomorrow/

    Happy Halloween to you.
    Hope to see you at our poetry potluck Halloween party tonight.
    Claim any awards from this post, enjoy!
    xxx

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