Beloved ChildrenNew Every Morning | June 7, 2020
Jesus comes to proclaim that we are God’s beloved children, that what the government says we are doesn’t matter, that what the powers and principalities want us to believe doesn’t matter, that our brokenness doesn’t matter. We are God’s beloved children, and this is what matters. We are commended to live as if we know how deeply we are loved. Anxiety and worry are not our inheritance.
—Jane Herring, One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
—1 John 3:1 (NRSV)
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I know I am deeply loved because I experience His comfort. He has provided a sufficient lifestyle for me, and gifted me with the ability to teach and a school where I have found a home for the past 25 years. He has led me to a church family that has taken me in, showered me with love and care. My family and my circle of friends are a blessing. Blessed beyond all measure…as the song says.
Dad and I enjoyed our time together yesterday. It was a warm sunny day without humidity – a gift. Following golf, we picked up dinner from a local Greek restaurant, as well as ice cream and ate at his house. Filled up the day, which was just fine.
I connected with a lady from the Psalms Tuesday evening group – she lost her mom in September. Her granddaughter is coming to visit her for a week, but we set up tentative plans to meet up for a walk once her granddaughter leaves town.
A quiet day around the house today…zoom with a cancer support group and then yardwork to do. Another pretty day, with a bit cooler temps – should be perfect to work in the yard. Windows are open this morning and Roger is making his rounds.
Sorry to hear of Chai’s diagnosis, Julie. It took me over 7 years to get another cat when I had to put my previous one down due to diabetes. But – the wait was worth it, as Roger is just wonderful. Grateful to hear the good news of David being off oxygen. Each small step forward is praiseworthy.
What helps you know that you are deeply loved?
Reading it throughout the Bible, seeing God’s winks in nature, the smiles of friends, music, repeating “you are dearly beloved” when a moment of doubt tries to sneak in. I am choosing this truth rather than any other statements.
I have opened my five year book and am amazed at how inspired I am to be reading what it is challenging me to think about and hopefully soon act upon. I have a pencil in hand as I read as God grants us second chances and redos. It asks me to list my values, mission, dreams, goals, next steps, etc. I am setting my mind free to imagine all the possibilities.
Lifting you up, UR Family, with posted concerns and silent needs only You know, Lord. May the hand of Jesus be on your shoulder today, the Holy Spirit within you, and our Father God watching over your every step. Blessings, we are all deeply loved.