"For nothing will be impossible with God." - Luke 1:37
I am a miracle.
When you look at me, you may see the teenaged girl with pain in her heart and cuts down her arms.
Or the empty alcohol bottles and the blurry memories.
Or the scars from abandonment and relationship abuse.
But if that's all you see, you're not looking hard enough.
You see, you're missing the miracle.
I am a living miracle; my testimony is a miracle.
The tears I've cried in darkness don't get to rob me from feeling the warmth of tomorrow's sunshine.
The pain I've experienced does not get to define me.
All of my definitions begin and end with Grace.
In his arrival, Jesus made room for spiritual rebirth. Although our past exists, we don't have to live in it.
The greatest gift we can receive during this season is the permission to look into the mirror without grief or shame. We can look past the hurtful things people have done to us, or even the hurtful things we've done to ourselves and know our worth is not diminished and our souls can't ever be tarnished beyond repair.
I am an ever-evolving miracle, and so are you, made whole by the grace of Jesus.
For with the miracle of the coming Christ, nothing—not even the salvation of someone like you or me—is impossible with God.
Amazing Grace, thank you for the sweetest sound, the sound of your love setting me free.
Marchaé Grair is the Director of Public Relations and Outreach for the Unitarian Universalist Association and a member of South Euclid United Church of Christ, South Euclid, Ohio.