A New Name

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  1. Howard
    Feb 25 - 8:56 pm

    Here’s a nice footnote:

  2. Ma Belle
    Feb 25 - 9:28 pm

    This is great Emma. I feel chronically disconnected from, and often discontented by, my body. It often seems to point to emotions that I’ve not even realised I have, and that I just want to smother and ignore.

    It often feels like an almost impossible task to deal with the roots of these symptoms – but I guess that’s what Jesus does best.

  3. Phil
    Feb 25 - 9:50 pm

    I give thanks for mine. Despite years of natural abuse and medical trauma it supports me and I keep ticking along – literally.

  4. Julie
    Feb 26 - 12:34 pm

    Emma, I think that it’s literally easier to handle less of our bodies because they are so complex. A shrunken frame, where u can feel a few bones or see more prominent veins seems more real than the surreality of having an unreal but cruelly persistent e.d. Tyrant demanding our loyalty. How contradictory to God’s call to thrive!!? How liberating might it be to realise that we can never understand the powerful mystery of all that happens inside our shells. God made us, loves us, cherishes us&is most glorified when our satisfaction comes from a trust in Him. Cherish. Wonder how to cherish Him? Remember remember&ask friends, ministers, The Holy Spirit to remind us again:these are not OUR bodies. They represent Christ. Since we connect to&care so attentively to life-shrinking e.d.s, can we risk the love of a different master, who gives, doesn’t threaten to steal? Ironically loving my body as NOT mine, makes me love ‘me’ as a part of Christ (the only part some people might ever see of Him)even more. Thank God I am not my own!x

  5. emma
    Feb 26 - 7:59 pm

    thanks Howard!
    Ma Belle I often feel the same – but as you say, Jesus does the impossible.
    Phil: good reminder of the body I take for granted that serves me so well
    Julie: this is brilliant: Looking after a body that is not ‘mine, makes me love mine.

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