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Walk of Shame (For Freedom Pt. 2)

And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed or embarrassed. Genesis 2:25 The story of Adam and Eve is pretty well-known: God gives instruction, serpent tricks woman into disobeying instruction, woman eats apple and hands it over to man, God finds them red-handed, man is doomed for all of eternity. Aaaaand SCENE. The story continues that Adam and Eve on realizing their nakedness and hearing God calling for them, they hid in the Garden – as if the Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent God didn’t already know what they had done or where exactly they were hiding. But the Bible says something interesting happened before they did: ¬†Then the eyes of the two of them were opened [that is, their awareness increased], and they knew that they were naked; and they fastened fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. Adam and Eve went from being naked and…

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Hiding Behind Fig Leaves

  How hard is it to be vulnerable? This is probably a rhetorical question since we live in a world where being vulnerable is not only nearly impossible but actually frowned upon. Not only does no one not want to know about your problems, chances are they don’t even really care! And so we have just become accustomed to keeping our problems and struggles to ourselves. Personally I have always had an issue with vulnerability. I don’t know whether this stems from the fact that I grew up in a family dynamic that didn’t bode for much communication, or because I’m from a culture where sharing¬†personal issues is downright taboo and depression is considered¬†fictional. Or maybe it was because I grew up in an environment where there was already so much going on with everyone else that I just always felt like being vulnerable with people would only add more…

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