I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works!
by Sister Gail Borgmeyer
Provincial Superior, Sisters of the Pallottine Missionary Society Queen of the Apostles Province
Ellen G. Goldman’s article which appeared on the Sparkpeople website: 58 Reasons to Love Your Body (at any Size) impelled me to write this blog:
My body is becoming seasoned with grace and wisdom. The older I become the less abusive will I be toward this incredible vessel that is taking me through life. No longer will I let UV rays destroy my skin–this fantastic tissue that wards off diseases and allows me to feel cool breezes, blustery winds, the warmth and heat of sun, the touch of a loved one.
No longer will I deride my body for being overweight in certain areas or flabby in others. Before I was born in my mother’s womb, God knew me and loved me. He knew the genetics that would make me, me. So in my body, I now see my past. I see elements of my father, mother, grandparents. I cherish them, and so I will cherish me.
I am grateful for my physically strong heart and its capacity to love. I am grateful for my arms and legs that serve me and the world I have been temporarily given. I am grateful for this wonder-filled mind: creative, attentive, flexible, curious, and mysterious.
I am grateful for my digestive system–from the impulses of the brain, the taste buds of my tongue, the stomach, and its waste system. We are mysteriously, wonderfully made.
This tribute could go on and on for pages because of the tremendous gift this body is that is God-given. Thank you, God, of infinite love and infinite mercy.