Day 14 - December 16, 2017

Our True Selves

In the sci-fi TV drama Orphan Black, a group of clones struggles to survive against a shadowy organization that threatens their lives and those of the people they love. Each of these clones is played by the uber-talented Tatiana Maslany. Maslany has received an Emmy for her work, in which she brilliantly plays each clone, changing not only outfits and hairstyles with each different character, but completely changing personalities with each role. As I watch it, I catch myself surprised that each of these different “people” is being played by the same person, and wonder which Orphan Black personality Maslany is actually most like – what is her true self?
It makes me wonder how often we do the same thing. How many “masks” do we wear? One with our friends? Another with our parents? Another with our teachers? Especially this season of the year, do we tire of trying to be “all things to all people?”
Richard Rohr, monk and author, writes about how we can find ourselves in the midst of all of our “clones.” He writes “Your True Self is who you are, and always have been in God,” and “I promise you that the discovery of your True Self will feel like a thousand pounds of weight have fallen from your back. You will no longer have to build, protect, or promote any idealized self image.”
In other words, God frees us by teaching us who our most authentic version of ourselves really is, if we take the time to learn and listen, as the psalmist reminds us: “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalm 139:1-3)
God, walk with us on the journey to discern and know our True Selves. And thank you for loving us every step of the way.
submitted by the Reverend Matt Sturtevant

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