But, these things are not your identity, they are not a banner or shame or failure. They are not who you are. They are just a part of your story. A part of your life where God can come in, and will come in and do his Redeeming, Reconciling, and Healing work.
Community, tribe, "our people".
We hear these words a lot, and for those of us who have felt the alone, forgotten, unseen, and not enough junk- they pierce the heart like no other.
I remember being in Middle School and feeling that gut wrenching feeling of loneliness. Of not fitting in, not being enough or wanted. It was a deep and dark feeling.
Those thoughts, and my hurting heart- followed me all the way into adulthood.