When You Forget Who You Are

“I know who you are,” I whisper to my blond curly headed sister and squeeze her shoulders tight.  Her eyes water and I pray the words bounce around the cavern of her body and stick deep into her heart.  She’s amazing and I know it, but she forgets.

She is nannying right now, gets paid well and is darn good at it.  She has that knack of bringing dignity and hope to each human being she spends time with.  She gazes into their eyes until they reflect the shine in hers.

But, she has a God-sized dream aching in her soul to bring dignity and jobs to the broken-dreamed women of Mali, the women she danced with that first January when she was hungry for a new vision of life.  They adopted her, sang over her and she can never forget them.  They haunt her every time her lids close though the map back to them is now covered with a sheet of fog.  Still, she prays and her heart weeps for them as she takes care of those precious children.

But I know her, and I know that her light shines bright, a wide nimbus casting a golden glow wherever she steps…because the Spirit of Jesus shines out her eyes even when she is unaware.

She is daughter of the Most High, chief courage-giver to the world, beauty dancer and best of all?  She wears glasses that can transform the most ordinary of us downcast girls into royalty at any local TJ Maxx.

She has perseverance piled deep, so deep it’s hard for her to take a step.

But I know who she is, luminous and persistent and with an enthusiasm that makes us all want to drop our plows and join her crusade.

And you – you too – I don’t want to embarrass you but I know who you are too because our God, He does a good job when He makes things. He’s an expert sculptor and He made you, fear-fully and wonder-fully.  I know who you are and you are filled with the glory of God, the star-throwing wonder of God, a universe of light contained in your body because He, the Light of the World abides there looking for all the ways you will give Him to explode glory on the earth.

You are a daughter, a son of the Most High God.

I know who you are.

The Woman in the Ordinary by Marge Piercy

The woman in the ordinary pudgy downcast girl

Is crouching with eyes and muscles clenched.

Round and pebble smooth she effaces herself

Under ripples of conversation and debate.

The woman in the block of ivory soap

Has massive thighs that neigh,

Great breasts that blare and strong arms that trumpet.

The woman of the golden fleece

Laughs uproariously from the belly

Inside the girl who imitates

a Christmas card virgin with glued hands,

who fishes for herself in other’s eyes,

who stoops and creeps to make herself smaller.

In her bottled up is a woman peppery as curry,

A yam of a woman of butter and brass,

Compounded of acid and sweet like a pineapple,

Like a handgrenade set to explode,

Like a goldenrod ready to bloom.

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you say it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – These are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Summer Gross

I’ll be joining a couple of other luminous women linking this little piece of encouragement to their sites and still counting, always counting my thanksgivings with Ann:

1. A Christmas tree on our roof as we drive home

2. Xavier’s singing, “Tinkle, tinkle, little tar.”

3.  Children creating and laughing at their own jokes (Grandpa is a doughnut!  No, Uncle Matt is a doughnut!)

4. New Timberland boots after a girls’ shopping stop at Gabriel Brothers

5. Time to listen to John Eldredge’s Sacred Romance.  Oh yes, that’s who I am.

6. Bagels and lox and capers and a brunch feast with my family before heading home

7. Xavier singing his abc…xyz’s with passion, skipping all interior letters.

8. Woken up with words that demand to be written down





linking at that lovely sisterhood:



Thanks Jen for hosting our weekly retreat!

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12 Comments

  1. Isn’t it amazing the kind of common-bond we have as believers, daughters of the King and therefore, sisters? I’m so glad to hear that you have an amazing sister of natural birth. But I’m thankful also that I have you as a sister of supernatural birth. Thanks for your sweet tribute here and the reminder that we are all special to Him and to the world. 🙂

  2. As I read this…
    “And you – you too – I don’t want to embarrass you but I know who you are too because our God, He does a good job when He makes things. He’s an expert sculptor and He made you, fear-fully and wonder-fully. I know who you are and you are filled with the glory of God, the star-throwing wonder of God, a universe of light contained in your body because He, the Light of the World abides there looking for all the ways you will give Him to explode glory on the earth.

    You are a daughter, a son of the Most High God.

    I know who you are.”

    I envisioned a vanity mirror, star-burst shaped, golden, twinkling, lighting up the face of the woman looking back at me, no make-up required.

  3. This made me cry, as well. What a lovely, beautiful tribute to your sister…. And then to turn it around on the rest of us. Wow.

    And you, too, sweet beautiful encouraging sister. You are grace, and encouragement. With words flowing like first aid bandages to a wounded heart, and like a summer breeze to lift up a dream and give it life.

    Thank you.
    (New follower from SDG, but I will definitely be returning.)

  4. It’s such a treat to linger here again.. I always find beauty and hope on your pages, Summer. And your sister? Oh, how I’d love to meet her.. thinking she’s blessed to have a sis like you, too. Happy belated Thanksgiving.

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