You’re lonely in a room full of people. You watch companionship from a distance and feel empty arms embrace you. Sometimes a single tear, sometimes a torrent, rushes down your hallow cheeks and stings your bruised lips.
As you walk by rows of perfect people, you hang your head but still feel their stinging eyes and hear their snickers. You wish to sink into the ground, out of sight, because you believe that there is something too flawed and too broken to ever be loved and accepted.
You’re the misfit, you’re the outcast, you’re the broken and the scarred. You’ve fallen, you’ve failed, you’ve wounded and been wounded. You wonder if there’s any return, any way that you can climb back out of the pit that swallows you night after night.
It is to you that I reach out my hand. My fingers brush against yours. Your eyes bore into mine and question whether I will leave you like everyone else has.
For so long now, you’ve hidden your scarred arms beneath layers of clothes and your broken heart under pink makeup and sparkling sequins. Your eyes fall to the floor and long to find a safe place – anywhere besides the flawless faces of those around you. You fear that they will see past the forced happiness into the crumbling soul of the broken.
You hide in the dark because you fear that once you step into the light, they will see your secrets and you will be stripped for all to laugh at. You are battered and wounded, you and thrown down and beaten until you fear you will never rise again.
Rise, stand, fight. Fight their words and the looks of hatred. You are not defined by the color of your skin, your complexion or your clothes. Break free from the hands that hold you by the throat and let them know that they cannot silence your voice anymore.
You’re scared and your pulse throbs in your ears. They shout and revival you because they see you as a freak. They only see your skin, not your heart. They do not know the real you.
Listen to the rhythmic pounding of your pulse and let it drown out their fury. In its sound, thump thump thump, find courage. It tells of bravery and strength beyond measure – you have chosen to live despite the pain of the past, the fear of the present or the unknown of the future. Thump thump thump. You’re a survivor who can thrive and blossom. Thump thump thump. Hear His words in the rhythm. Beautiful. Child of Hope. Chosen One. Blessing. Found. Loved Beyond Measure. Warrior.
The One who knew you before the world came to be – He chose to give you the gifts that you see as curses now. He sees the deepest parts of you and He calls you to dance in the midst of your pain. He stands with you in the fire and holds up your head when you no longer can. You are perfect in His eyes.
To the misfits, the outcasts, the broken and the scarred. You fight the odds and stand in the face of the storm. You are forgiven for the past mistakes. You are being healed by the touch of the greatest Physician. He reaches out his hand, He pulls you from the pit and sets you on firm, dry ground. He takes away your torn garments of Shame and replaces them with Hope.
You are not Depression. You are not Self Harm. You are not Abuse. You are not Pain. You are not Suicidal Thoughts. You are not what has happened to you. It impacted you, but it does not define you.
To the girl sitting all alone at the edge of the room packed with people: you are seen.
To the one who hides the scars on your wrists beneath bracelets and watches: living is the bravest thing that you can do. I wish I so much that I could take away your pain, my friend.
To the one who hides in fear and shame: we will protect you and give our lives to save yours.
To the hurt: it is not the end.
To the unloved: you are precious beyond measure for who you are.
To the forgotten: you are found. You are not lost.
To all the misfits, the outcasts, the broken and the scarred: you belong, you are embraced in warm arms, you are loved for who you are, we see your failures and your bleeding wounds and we are not ashamed.
We will stand by you until the end because you are worth it. Take our hands and we will dance in the midst of the pain. We will sing until the darkness breaks and light falls like a healing rain. Together, we are strong and our united weaknesses make us unstoppable. Together we conquer the demons of our past and the fear of our future. Following the leading of our Maker, we are no longer enslaved. We spread our wings. We fly. What we see as flaws and mistakes are really our greatest gifts.
Rise. Stand. Fight the lies. Believe the truth. Rise. Stand. And fly.