We speak so often of brokenness in religious life,
Let us speak today of wholeness.
You are welcome here, all of you
Every part of you beautiful just the way you are
Here you do not need to be something more or something less
No holding back, no hiding
No exerting yourself, no trying to do more or be more
You have inherent worth and dignity
Nothing to prove here,
Nothing to prove to me or the person sitting next to you or to the children or to anyone
You don’t have to try and be witty or more quiet or more outgoing
You are beautiful; every part of you beautiful just the way you are
You do not need to change anything about yourself to be welcome here:
Your skin, your hair, your belly, your limbs, your face—
all beautiful just the way they are
You are extraordinary
Each and every one of you different from each and beautiful in your own beautiful way,
Let us worship together!

Note: this call to worship was written for Transgender Day of Visibility.

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We Are Whole

By Beth Lefever

From WorshipWeb

We are whole, even in the broken places, even where it hurts. We are whole, even in the broken places, the places where fear impedes our full engagement with life; where self-doubt corrupts our self-love; where shame makes our faces hot and our souls cold. We are whole, even in those places where...

We Are Whole