December 8, 2023

Read Jeremiah 1:4-10.

It is both a terrifying and wonderful thing to be known. For someone to see the capital-A-All of us. For another to peer at our insides – the things we cannot change or control. It is through this knowing that we are able to be loved. To pull back the curtain for a moment, soften the jaw, lay the armor down (it’s rather heavy, isn’t it?).

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,” says God.

“I knew you,” says God, before you were born, before you learned to hide, before you decided you were hard to love. I see you, All of you, and it is wonderful. I know you. I am with you. I love you.

We are so conditioned to compose our outsides, to constantly ask: who do they want me to be? It’s a perpetual restlessness — I can change, I can change, I can change. Our God sees us as we are and calls us to rest — I love you, I love you, I love you.

To be seen is an act of faith. To be known is an act of grace. Stay there. Don’t look away. Lean back, rest. Lay your head down. Hold both of your hands open. Let it in.


You see me, you know me, you love me. Amen. 

Jessica Joshi

Student, UKirk Memphis