A Blessing When You Want to Belong
by Kate Bowler
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 donâ€™t belong.
When you canâ€™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 â€œwhere 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 youâ€™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) weâ€™re capable of change.