Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                    There is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile,          but the things that come out are what defile.                   —Mark 7.15

A beautiful diamond wedding ring caked with mud is still beautiful and valuable and precious to her who wears it.

Your worth and loveliness God created in you, and you are adored because you belong to God, and nothing can take that away— no abuse or misfortune, no imagined “deserving,” no pain.

Only your own choices defile you. And who can say how much of one's pain, and how one has learned to bear it, is a choice, and how much is simply what happens to you?

God wants most of all to heal you of your shame. Leave off judging, starting with yourself. Make choices that do not defile your loveliness and that of all others.

You yourself are God's diamond ring, lovely and beloved, even in the dark gleaming on God's hand.

              Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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