Great love

Daily Reading for June 13 • The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Then turning toward the woman, Jesus said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” (Luke 7:44-47)

Lord, remind me who I am.

When others tell me I am nothing,

Remind me that I have been made in God’s image.

When my body has been used and abused,

Remind me that I am the temple of your Holy Spirit. . . .

When people tell me that I will never amount to anything,

Remind me that I am crowned with your glory and honor. . . .

When I cannot see any way ahead,

Remind me that I carry your light within me.

When I am afraid or confused,

Remind me that I have your power, your love and your sanity.

When I feel of no use and no worth,

Remind me that I am precious to you, that you call me your beloved. . . .

When I forget who I am,

Call me by my name.

From “When I Need Reminding” by Christina Rees, quoted in Lifting Women’s Voices: Prayers to Change the World edited by Margaret Rose, Jenny Te Paa, Jeanne Person, and Abagail Nelson. Copyright © 2009. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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