A Blessing When You Want to Belong

by Kate Bowler

when you want to belong

Blessed are you playing the stories of who you are through your mind like a filmstrip.
Where you got your laugh or love of music or those terrible navigation skills.
You who can pinpoint yourself on a family tree.
You who know exactly WHOSE you are.

And blessed are you when you don’t belong.
When you can’t explain exactly how you ended up here,
Outside of what was acceptable.
But longing to fit in nonetheless.

Blessed are you in the alienation and the fear,
The “where will I find my peopleâ€
The confusion or anger or the still-wounded from unbelonging.

May you feel your own worthiness.
May you feel your own belovedness.
May you find yourself wrapped in a story larger than the one you can trace.
A story of love and hope and courage
A story truer than the one you’ve been told.

Blessed are all of us here, in this family of God.

Kate Bowler, PhD is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and a professor at Duke University. She studies the cultural stories we tell ourselves about success, suffering, and whether (or not) we’re capable of change. 


  1. Marybeth on February 14, 2023 at 5:51 am

    Very helpful ❤️

    • Just Moved Ministry on February 14, 2023 at 9:23 am

      We really appreciate your response Marybeth.

  2. Sandra Gilmore on February 12, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    That is so beautiful, and sums up so many aspects of a uprooted woman. Thanks for sharing.

    • Just Moved Ministry on February 13, 2023 at 9:22 am

      Thanks for your feedback, Sandra. I’m so glad this was meaningful for you.

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