A Reminder
My name is LoLo Star. I’m crying because the High Stars said I’m too small and dim. I’m a no-good-star. Even though I dance and shine with all my might no one notices me. The other stars sneer and laugh.
— Shine So Bright

A meditation on: 

"... for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:14)

I Am Possession

Do you know me? I am called, Human. I was made from the dirt, but shaped by Heaven. My breath; a gift from Far Heaven, where the deep blue of eternity vaults into the more and more. 

Do you know me? I stand here, my own; aware, intuitive, symmetrical. But I am not my own. I am the vision, the complexity, and variety of the Artist. A God icon. A God possession. 

I Am Beautiful

Do you know me? I am called, Beautiful. I teem with life. The quivers within me remind me of the fullness pushing in from the beauty without.  We the fingerprint of the same hand both crying, groaning, for reunion. The life, the joy; I am abundance! 

Do you know me? I am the complex one. I need. I crave. I delight. I praise. I sing. I wail. I seethe. I tremble. 

I rebel, and break. But the Artist, my possessor, mends me. His hands push me together. It hurts. It heals. I am constantly remade. Do you know me? 

You Are Too

I know you. Yes, of course. I recognize my kin. I see your reverent form. I sense the wonder pushing out from your eyes. Your skin radiates with all the color of stars. You heart, beats; in your chest, and in your words, and in your expression, and in your song, and in your dance. 

I looked for you yesterday. In the UPS truck, in the cafe line, in the news, behind me, behind the counter, behind enemy lines. I heard of your sadness. You broke too. I wanted to remind you of our reminder. The joy. Remember? Remember, the delight? We teem with it! That echo from the tree, the sunset, the song, the painting, the kind word, the humble gesture, the good? 

You and I, we are possession. We are beautiful. You and I, together. 

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Timothy Willard is the author of three books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life. He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. He lived in Oxford, England for two years studying beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis. He earned his PhD in Theology under the supervision of world-renowned theologian Alister McGrath. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.