Parker Palmer, in his book, Let Your Life Speak, says: “Accepting [the gift of who you truly are] turns out to be even more demanding than attempting to become someone else.” Someone made the observation regarding Palmer’s insight. “We often ignore it, or hide from it, or flee from it.  God doesn’t require us to be other than who we are. God wants us to be who God created us to be. God needs us to be the people God created us to be. But daring to look for that person, becomes a daring thing to do.” I think it might have been e.e. cummings who once said, “it takes courage to grow up and be who you are.” It’s day 19 of the war in Ukraine and in this unprecedented moment, I wonder “who am I to be?”  The truth is I’m pretty stymied, not in attentiveness or attitude. I’m staying informed. I’m praying and then some more. I’m making an effort to respond to those requests – even if they aren’t very practical.  I know from experience that in trauma, we need to do something.  We need to act.  I also know that action for action sake is not helpful. So I sit and wonder who does God need me to be in the living of these days?

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:17
“… learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”

Reflection Questions:
What gifts has God given you?
Who does God need you to be in this time of war?
How are you seeking justice?

Prayer: Holy God, you invite and encourage me to share your loving, healing and reconciling presence with others. May your Spirit make me strong and discerning, wise and courageous. Keep me persistent in doing good and seeking justice. Amen.