As you end 2010 and anticipate 2011 let me remind you of the most fundamental truth about you. Though a plethora of voices tell you that you are worthless and unlovable, having to earn love, the quiet voice of the Father is telling you right now,
“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 molded 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. Wherever 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.”
[Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved]
Remind yourself of this truth daily, find others who will speak this reality into your life, relish the environments where your life as the Beloved can grow. Happy New Year!