You Are God’s Beloved – A Valentine’s Truth In a Love-Starved World

Heart made of handsThe truest thing about you is that

you are God’s beloved.

Today on this Valentine’s Day of hearts and romance, I need to remember the truth about who I really am.  And so do you.  We are God’s beloved.

As pastor and author Henri Nouwen says, “Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence” (Life of the Beloved, pg. 28).

Regardless of whether anyone brings you chocolates or flowers today, and regardless of whether your deepest longing for love is filled by another human being today – you are more loved than you could possible fathom.

The challenge is that the voice of our loving God is often drown out by louder, harsher voices that say, “‘Prove that you are worth something; do something relevant, spectacular, or powerful, and then you will earn the love you so desire.’ Meanwhile, the soft, gentle voice that speaks in the silence and solitude of my heart remain(s) unheard, or, at least, unconvincing” (Nouwen, pg. 29).

Today, on this Valentine’s Day and first Sunday of Lent, I invite you to join me in listening for the Voice that calls your true name – Beloved.  Whether you’re sitting in a church service, out on a date, or taking a walk in the woods, Listen.  Listen.  Listen.

He’s calling you to remember who you are – and to rest in His love.

You don’t have to be smart enough, pretty enough, talented enough, rich enough or popular enough.  You just need to listen and receive.  This is the very best way I can think of to honor him during Lent and on Valentine’s Day.

“God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” I John 4:16b

To help you reflect on God’s love for you, I invite you to listen to one of my current favorite worship songs: Good, Good Father, by Chris Tomlin.  The lyrics speak of God’s deep, deep love for you and that being loved by Him is who you truly are. Click here to listen:  Good, Good Father

May you hear his voice and receive His love today.


3 Comments

  1. Donna Blythe

    What a gift it is to have you in my spiritual life!

    • Donna – thanks for stopping by my site. And I’l grateful to have you in my life, too. Praying today you experience God’s love in a personal way. <3

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