“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love… I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:9,11)

Some thoughts from Henri J.M. Nouwen provide this week’s devotional thought on what it means to be the ‘beloved of God.’

Don’t you often hope: “May this book, idea, course, trip, job, country or relationship fulfill my deepest desire.”  But as long as you are waiting for that mysterious moment you will go on running helter-skelter, always anxious and restless, always on edge and angry, never fully satisfied.  You know that this is the compulsiveness that keeps us going and busy, but at the same time makes us wonder whether we are getting anywhere in the long run.  This is the way to spiritual exhaustion and burn-out.  This is the way to spiritual death.

Well, you and I don’t have to kill ourselves.  We are the Beloved.  We are intimately loved long before our teachers, spouses, children and friends loved or wounded us.  That’s the truth of our lives.  That’s the truth I want you to claim for yourself.  That’s the truth spoken by the voice that says, “You are my Beloved.”

Listening to that voice with great inner attentiveness, I hear at my center words that say: “I have called you by name, from the very beginning.  You are mine and I am yours.  You are my Beloved, on you, my favor rests.  I have moulded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb.  I have carved you in the palms of my hands and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace.  I look at you with infinite tenderness and care for you with a care more intimate than that of a mother for her child.  I have counted every hair on your head and guided you at every step.  Where you go, I go with you, and wherever you rest, I keep watch.  I will give you food that will satisfy all your hunger and drink that will quench all your thirst.  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… wherever you are I will be.  Nothing will ever separate us.   “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.”

From ‘Life of the Beloved’ by Henri J.M. Nouwen

REFLECT:

  • Is some of your compulsive busyness driven by an uncertainty that you are worthy of love?
  • How will you begin to accept the deep truth that you are God’s Beloved?

John Wiseman –  Corpath Business Forums – www.corpath.ca
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