When speaking of service, it’s important to note that I’m not saying we’re beloved because we serve God. We cannot do anything to merit God’s love. Instead, we are beloved first because God declares us so, whether we think we deserve it or not. Then, as we own our belovedness and live into it, we reflect God’s love for the whole world as we serve others. When we live out of our belovedness, we won’t be able to help it—we will feel compelled to serve.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)
How has living out of your belovedness compelled you to share God’s love with the world?
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Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
—Matthew 5:16 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of love, who invites me to this journey with your Beloved Son, open my heart to accept your invitation. Hear my concerns about this journey. Help me to learn the way of the beloved. Let me know I am beloved. In the name of Jesus, who reveals the way to your heart. Amen.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved
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