I prayed for you today. I talked to God about you, but I want you to know what I wish for you in this life.
I pray that you live as beloved child of God, knowing that you were intimately created, intricately formed, and intensely loved into this world.
Your body and spirit are woven together. What hurts one, hurt the other. No way around it. Even if you think your mind is smart enough to know the difference, your soul will be changed.
Your body is not something to be used or abused, exploited or given away. Your body is not a plastic toy to be played with for pleasure and then discarded.
Use your body for good – run and heal and serve and kneel, hug and hold hands and sleep and rest.
Live your life with good humor. Laugh a lot, at yourself for sure. But have the courage to say, “That crossed a line,” when your feelings get hurt and you sense sadness come over you.
May the demon of depression never visit you. And if he (or she) shows up, may you seek wise counsel and not hide in shame or burrow down in the depths. Once you are down there, it is hard to get out.
May the asp of anxiety not tempt you to stress over things beyond your control.
May you lack the propensity for procrastination. Get things done without being overwhelmed with pressure.
I pray that you hold on to your independent spirit – wanting to do things on your own – but asking for help when you can’t do it alone.
May you stay interconnected to your family, relying on them (us) when it is right and sharing stories of delight and despair. Be bold when boundaries are crossed, and tell us when you need your space. We will survive. We have lived through much.
Be kind to others and yourself. Enjoy the sunset and take time to listen, to others and God. Live out your faith with compassion and honest questioning. Do something good in the world. You will bring joy. You already do. And that is a God thing. Thanks be.
Former international fashion model Rev. Sarah Renfro seeks to boost the body image of young women by educating them on the myths of media and focusing on divine within. She also preaches and teaches about marriage and divorce, motherhood, ministry, and mental illness.