Good Morning from Tucson, God!
I’m “on assignment” here with beloved daughter, Sandy, and her dear family. Older grandson Ian and I shall hold down the fort while Sandy, her husband Dave and son Mark travel to Disneyland for Sandy to run a half marathon.
It is lovely to be asked to help the ones we love! Lovely to be wanted — even as I miss my wonderful husband!
Yesterday, Dave asked if I would like to go for a walk in Sabino Canyon with him and Mark — it was just before what photographers call the Golden Hour. It was a lovely walk — full of tales from Mark’s first semester at college back East.
Mark has The Story Teller gene. He rows crew and he made a harrowing tale of regattas mishaps sound somewhat like a sit-com plot. Listening to him reminding me of how Brene Brown says that when we tell our story we can control the outcome.
Ah, we all have stories, God. And it is healing for us to tell them — to share them with folks who will laugh with us and not at us. But, Dr. Brene Brown cautions about only sharing our “Shame Stories” with people who have shown themselves worthy (trustworthy) of hearing them.
Of course, Mark’s story was NOT a “shame story” and that in itself is A JOY! Because research says that Shame is totally Toxic. Guilt, on the other hand is Productive. Guilt is about making mistakes — we can then repent and see about making amends. Shame, however, is about Being a Mistake — being BAD. Shame damages everyone near it.
As You have told us, God: All of us have sinned (made mistakes) and fallen short of Your Glory. Please help me to accept Your Help and turn toward You and– maybe even, make amends.