The art of gentleness toward ourselves leads to being gentle with others — and is a natural prerequisite for our presence to God in prayer. ~ Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child
Treating myself with gentleness is not something that comes naturally to me as the child of a legalistic religious tradition. And yet, if I desire to reflect the image of God well, gentleness is part of that reflection. So I find I need regular reminders to question whether I’m treating myself gently, whether I’m requiring something of myself that I would never think to require of others. When I look at the couple in the centre of this picture, I’m always struck by their body language, their hands clasped gently as they make their way across the square. Neither is being dragged unwillingly. They set a pace that accommodates both of them.
This is Day 5 of 31 Days of Soul Tending and the focus is treating myself with gentleness. I’m reminding myself that reflecting God’s image well includes treating myself with gentleness.
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