Created in Your image, why then can I not see my own beauty, Lord? Why then can I not see the magnitude of the love that You formed me with when You raised Your hand to create me O Lord? I look as I may and it’s my flaws that stare back at me. With such clarity I see each and every one of them as if it is the only thing there is to see about me. I wonder why there is such an ugliness about me, unable to stand it as I find myself wishing I could be anybody but me, as I find myself longing to be anything but that reflection staring back at me.
How, Lord, can I look upon my life with hope and optimism when this is all that I see, when this is all that I feel?
How, Lord, can I find the strength to see any beauty within me when I can’t bear to look at myself for long enough to actually look within?
I turn my eyes to You Lord and look upon Your face. Open my heart, and heal my spirit, as You reach down from Your Holy place to lift the veil that shrouds my vision and obscures my sight. Let me look upon my life and my being as You see me, as Your beloved child, formed and fashioned by Your hand in bright and beautiful love for me. Show me that I need not judge myself, that I need not change myself to be beautiful or strong, because, by Your grace, I was fashioned with the exquisiteness and the splendor of Your magnificence.
Show me these things Lord, that I may move forward confidently, living boldly in the strength of Your goodness as I am daily reminded that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” by Your hands.
Show me these things Lord, that I may truly understand the blessings of Your love as I look upon my life and see that You have “made everything beautiful in its time.”
In the name of Your Son, my Lord and Savior, whose beauty and wonder, whose splendor and majesty was unseen by the eyes of this world as it heaped scorn upon him, Christ Jesus, Amen.