This spring, we shared in a One Book, One GGCC reading opportunity with Henri J. M. Nouwen’s book, Life of the Beloved-Spiritual Living in a Secular World. I love this book. It’s easy to read and speaks to my heart. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, contact Nancy Nickoley and she will get you a copy.

What I loved about this book is how Nouwen’s words were so comforting and real. He didn’t leave out the hard stuff of life; but he reassured with every word that even though we hear many, many other voices constantly trying to tell us we are unworthy, there is only one true voice that matters. God’s.

We have been chosen, blessed, broken and given as God’s beloved children. When we can live our lives as the Beloved we can find the inner joy and peace we seek. We don’t have to prove anything to anyone. We are the Beloved. We don’t have to own this or that material possession to be worthy. We are the Beloved. Our jobs, our homes, our children, or our relationships, do not prove our worth. We are the Beloved. It’s a gift. We are the Beloved. No one can take this gift away from us (except perhaps we ourselves in not accepting it.) We are the Beloved.

Nouwen writes, “Life is a God-given opportunity to become who we are, to affirm our own true spiritual nature, claim our truth, appropriate and integrate the reality of our being, but most of all, to say “Yes” to the One who calls us the Beloved.” (pg 133)

Jesus says, “You did not chose me, but I chose you.” (John 15:16)

We are the Beloved. We don’t decide that we are beloved. It has already been done.

May you be gentle and loving with yourself and those around you; you and they are the Beloved.


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