[THE] FEELING OF belovedness doesn’t come easily to us. We are surrounded by media, cultural norms, and even religious folks who tell us that we are not enough or are too much of something. We are told that we must earn love by being good or pretty or smart or that we are sinful and unworthy of so much. It is good news to know that no matter who we are or what we have done—no matter what anyone thinks or says—we are beloved by God. Because God is Love. ... God created us in God’s image, which means we reflect divine love. God created us for love. And God created us to be love. We are beloved.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”
—1 John 4:7 (NRSV)
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