Rough Draft Prayer: For the “Too Sensitive” (or you know, all of us…)

God of the Senses,

We were called “fragile” and “over-emotional.” We were told to “toughen up” and “grow a thicker skin.” We were led to believe that the world would crush us, that we were small and breakable.

So we shut off part of our feeling and all of our being suffered. A cord to the other was cut. We stopped connecting and started defending. We stopped opening and began shutting out.

What we were told, what we were called turned out to be lies on top of anger on top of fear on top of some sadness we didn’t even know was there.

Help us to say, “OUCH!” when it hurts and to be “too sensitive” once again.

Give, gift, or grant us the courage be confused out loud and to stop pretending we’re fortresses. Or islands. Or whatever metaphor our myth has preferred.

Allow children to see that sensing the world within and around them is vital, needed, and still, the road less traveled.

Help us to remember that we are not solely capable of equal or opposite reactions but of insightful and honest responses.

Thank you and ow and wow.

There’s no “should” or “should not” when it comes to having feelings. They’re part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings.
Fred Rogers



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