Lent 2 affirmation:
I affirm that I am neither as bad as the worst thing said about me nor as good as the best. I am open to knowing myself and working on my flaws. I am a work in progress. At times the progress is not as linear as I would like it to be. At times it feels like one step forward and two steps back, but I continue to move. I affirm that while I am not free from the consequences of my past, I am not bound to repeat old patterns. I affirm my desire to break patterns of abuse, neglect, dishonesty, and manipulation in my life.
Today I am again grateful for the sun, despite the cold. I am grateful for words of challenge and provocation, even when they cut to my soul. I am grateful for those who believe that I am not beyond redemption. I am grateful for the voice of my daughter screaming “I so ‘cited!” when I tell her that I will see her this weekend. I am grateful for co-workers who make me feel like I am already an important part of the team. I am grateful for grace, not as a theological abstract, but as a lived reality of forgiveness and second (and third and fourth…) chances.