God just shook me by the shoulders, reading this! I needed to be reminded that uselessness and weakness can be – are – made beautiful in Him and I needed to be reminded to stop beating myself up. It never occurred to me before that one can do ‘penance’ without actual physical violence. One’s own head can be just as ‘violent’. But guilt and shame are not mine to carry. Hallelujah!
‘For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it…
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death… if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.’
Romans 7:18,8:1,2,13,14 (NRSVA)