I was reading a book today: a collection of poems and meditations by Joyce Rupp called “Out of the Ordinary”. I came across this poem that I thought was striking. Thank you for these words Joyce Rupp.
Searching for Oneself – Joyce Rupp
Good Shepherd, who finds the lost one,
The “me” I have known has disappeared.
Will I ever recover the person I have been?
Will I ever find and feel good about myself again?
Will I discover who I am and who I am becoming?
Protect me in this great vulnerability.
Assure me that I will come home to myself,
Even though ‘my self” may be different.
Silence my impatience. Calm my worry,
Restore my joy. Solace my distress.
Help me to befriend my new self
With tender hope and welcoming love.