The Grove Word Prompt: Belong

“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.”

Maya Angelou

When you arrive in your new home, heart full of expectation and hope, and long for someone who understands you, you realize that belonging is a gift.

When you get off the plane in your passport country after months or years away, heart weary and worn, and you can’t figure out all the things that used to come easily, belonging feels illusive.

As we walk the journey of overseas life, the shape of our soul no longer fits neatly in the vessel it did before. We are changed, grown, refined through the process. Yet we still want a chair at the table, a place in the discussion, a smile and arms spread wide to welcome.

That’s what we offer you here this week as we explore the gift of belonging. May you find in these words, pictures and stories hope in your search to belong. Come explore with us at The Grove, and give thanks for those who create space for you by posting on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesBelong.

1 Comment

  1. Lisa September 18, 2018

    I think that belonging is both a choice and a gift. Growing up and moving many times I often felt like I never belonged. Arriving overseas felt initially easy to belong because I found immediate openness and welcome–what I had looked for and attributed to “belonging.” But over time I realized that belonging wasn’t an automatic dividend given for living in a certain place or among a group of people for a steady length of time. It ebbs and flows to the extent that I am also willing to extend the same welcome I desire to others who grow and change, come and go around me. I am still learning the give and take “dance” of belonging, but I’m more open to others and don’t put up the immediate expectations that test others’ acceptance of me before I let them in. As I choose to offer belonging to others, I find that I belong.

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