Being Loved By God

“He surrounded them and brought them up, guarding them as those he loved very much. He was like an eagle building its nest that flutters over its young.” Deuteronomy 32:11

We try to be present in our relationships. We know their importance and how we are called to be a people in deep relationship with one another and those whom we partner with. Even our best and most satisfying human relationships can’t fill the hollow space in our human hearts for intimacy with our God.

Our lives are surrounded by many substitutes for intimacy with God. Work, we are all called to contribute something. Television, radios, the internet constantly hit us with the latest on just about everything, negative news coming out of Middle East or the latest on the dysfunctional families of the famous few. Receiving our daily dose of shock from the media seems to be something we crave. Popularity drives the ratings and what they report, right? Also, my need for me time (what I believe I need to keep myself balanced) can become rather excessive.

This season of Lent, that still small voice inside is reminding me what my heart really craves, to share with God his intimate love firsthand. “I have called you by name, from the very beginning. You are mine and I am yours.” Somehow our names were carved into the palms of God’s hands by the nails of the cross. On that painful, unimaginable day we were written into His life forever. He never intended to forget us and now he never, ever will. I need to remember and know firsthand just how much God loves me.

Abba God,
You are calling me to stop running, and allow myself to be caught, to stop pretending, and allow myself to be known, to stop rushing, and allow myself to slow down, to stop hiding, and allow myself to be loved. I pray for open doors. As Henri Nouwen says in the “Life of the Beloved” “I will not hide my face from you. You know me as your own as I know you as my own. You belong to me. I am your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your lover, and your spouse… yes, even your child…and wherever you are I will be. Nothing will ever separate us. We are one.”

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