Guest Post: A Love Letter to My Body

When I read this post from my friend Claudia Mair of the Ragamuffin Diva, I knew you had to see it, too. Claudia Mair is one of the most powerful writers I know, and I’m honored she gave me permission to share this post with you!

Embrace the heart behind these words!

Dear body,

You don’t have to be my Giving Tree anymore. You are so resilient. I know how I neglected you, how I caused you to suffer. Oh, sweet body.

How I’ve caused you to suffer.
When I was afraid I overfed you, when I was stressed and overwhelmed. You graciously contained my pain. Your complaints, considering, were minimal.
Where did I begin to neglect your needs? When I was a small child? My head hung low and my shoulders rounded as I walked in tiny steps in my little world, in defiance of my mother saying, “Stand up straight!” Even then I grieved, what I cannot say. You bore my girlish sorrow. You are strong.

What about when I was abused? Just because I loved a man enough to die for him. And he would have let me, die at his own hands. Mercy, Jesus! Body, you are exquisite!

And I allowed you to be battered, bruised until no uninjured skin remained save the bottom of my feet. You took the blows and tried to shield my soul. You tried to save me, though salvation wasn’t your job. You are wise beyond my comprehension.

He weighed me everyday, unsatisfied until I wasted away to 89 pounds. And when I grew so hungry I binged on epic quantities of food, and vomited so he would not catch and hurt me. You protected me, though I hurt you. You even protected the child I carried. Precious you, you kept me through anorexia and bulimia.
I love you with all my heart. Your wild and holy tattoos, your curly/nappy hair, your greeting strands, brown eyes and generous mouth. I love your crooked teeth and warm smile. I love your working hands, your thunder thighs and wide stomach, stretch mark dimpled stomach. I love your scars. There are so many.
Forgive me. You are free now. I release you to good life.

Girl, rock your all day lipstick. Scent your sweet skin with anointing oils. Dress yourself in beauty. You are a flower in God’s garden. A red, red rose.

Fly free in this big world, this gorgeous God drenched world. It all belongs to you. Yes! It’s yours. It all belongs to you, dear.
Take it.
At long last.

Love,

Me

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7 thoughts on “Guest Post: A Love Letter to My Body

  1. Cheryl Meakins Speak September 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm Reply

    Absolutely Profound!!!!

    Just this year I began to say to my body – you poor thing, you have been through so much. Abuse in your childhood, and abused by myself when I was older through over eating and negligence.

    I too have used my body as a shell of protection instead of seeing it as a part of my being. Thank You Thank you for these words.

    Beautiful Woman of God – Thank you!!!

    • Paula Moldenhauer September 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing a piece of your story. Mair’s words are so powerful. Hugs to you sweet friend. You are a crazy wonderful woman of God yourself.

  2. agentjanparrish September 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Powerfully, beautiful. šŸ™‚

    • Paula Moldenhauer September 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm Reply

      Amen and amen. I love Claudia Mair’s ability to express the depths of who we are.

  3. Paulette Harris September 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm Reply

    What beautiful words full of love and wisdom. What a repentant heart that wants to please the Lord by loving her body. This touched my heart this morning. Thank you. God Bless.

  4. mariekeates September 6, 2013 at 6:40 am Reply

    Wonderful!

  5. tonya September 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm Reply

    Claudia, what an amazing post. Your words not only inspire, but heal. Beautiful. Simply. Beautiful.

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