Unique

Each soul stands in the splendour of its own existence. In each person there is something precious that is in no other person.  (Martin Buber)

Unique.

Each of us is unique.

Nobody has a dimple quite like my dimple. (Yes I only have one dimple, not two – that’s how unique I am.)

I am uniquely me and not you; you are uniquely you and not me.

Nobody has a smile quite like your smile.

Each of us is unique.

When I was young I wanted to be like everyone else. I wanted to wear the same clothes, the latest fashion that everyone else was wearing. Oxford bags, loon pants, Harrington jackets, DMs, Sacha platforms, mini skirts, midi skirts, maxi skirts, hot-pants (why did I think I should wear hot-pants?), cheesecloth shirts, Adidas track suits, and who made those green and white tennis shoes? I didn’t even play tennis but everyone else had them. It took me a long time to realise that fashion was best left alone and that I should find my own style which suited my own body. And if was purple, all the better.

Nobody has style quite like your style.

Each of us is unique.

I made my first Confession just before Lent began. Perhaps I was about 30 and I had a whole list of sins. Pages of them but I’d been told not to list them all. I didn’t need to because God already knew them. And that took some getting my head round. God knew all my sins. All my unique sins. And there were some humdingers in that list. Not very nice things at all. But guess what? I was forgiven! God forgave me all those horrid sins. Each and every one, even the ones on the list I didn’t have time to read out. All of them forgiven. And finally I believed I was a beloved child of God. Uniquely forgiven and loved. Imagine that. I danced over the Meadows after that first Confession.

Nobody sounds quite as melodious as you do.

Each of us is unique.

Nobody bakes bread like you do, bakes a cake like you do, writes a letter like you do, sings like you do, laughs like you do, sobs like you do… There is nobody quite like you and God loves you just as you are.

There is nothing you can do to make God love you less, and there is nothing you can do to make God love you more. God loves you just as you are. (Desmond Tutu)

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