Day 2: We Can Belong In Liminal Space - The Sacred Work of Belonging

Day 2: We Can Belong in Liminal Space

If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

Psalm 139:8-10

I’ve often felt like my belonging falls through the cracks between here and there, this group and that. Not fully fitting into one space or another for most of my life, I’ve wondered if I fit anywhere. And if I didn’t fit anywhere, did I actually belong to God?

In Korean American spaces, I was highly aware of all the things I didn’t know about being Korean. Was I actually Korean? Was I allowed to say I was Korean without a disclaimer?

In non-Korean spaces, I learned to fit in while always feeling an ache of disconnection. I tried to ignore it and hide the parts of me that wanted to jut out like sore thumbs. But even if I pretended those things weren’t there, they were and there was no way to “un-create” what God had created.

Not having grown up in the Church or connected to a particular denomination left a lack of understanding when I entered faith spaces as a young adult. I would feel a pull toward Jesus and also feel such a lack of belonging in the communal spaces surrounding a love for him.

These tensions have followed me for as long as I can remember.

A closer look at Scripture, and my own learning that took time and wandering, reminds me that many of God’s people inhabit liminal space. Being “other,” or wanderers and foreigners, and those who live among thresholds and nations was never a mistake, but an intentional part of God’s way to make new roads in the wilderness. God has always been about the business of making new things. Redemption is the birth of something new and hope reborn.

Liminal space is a place of belonging to embrace. Liminal space fits into the grand story of everything being redeemed and reborn. Liminal space is a place of mercy and grace.

When we find ourselves in an in-between or far from home unknown, we are not alone. God is there with us. In the in-between and in the clumsy or painful transitions, you and I belong to a story that connects every place and people.

We belong to a story that connects every place and people and our sacred work of belonging is to bear witness to the story God is writing in us and all around us.

Breath prayer:

Breathe in: I can belong in liminal space.

Breathe out: Liminal space is part of your story.

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