January 30, 2017: Remember to say, “I love you, too.”

Last week, I challenged the readers of my blog to adopt the mantra, “I am the beloved of God!”  How did you do?  My week was truly blessed by saying those words to myself.   Hearing the loving words of God say to me, “You are my beloved,” spoke to me in a way that brought me comfort.  No matter what is happening in this world, we can be assured that God is still actively showing His love for us.

The quote from this week, as well as last, comes from the book Spiritual Direction by Henri Nouwen.  This week’s quote is from Chapter Four:  Where Have I Been and Where Am I Going?

No matter where we have been or where we are going, our life stories are sacred to us. Sometimes we lack the trust it takes to share our story even with those with whom we have a safe relationship, like a spiritual director.  We are here for such a short time.  In the time we are here, can we spend a little more time in prayer so we can see our sacred story from “God’s perspective—as God’s story of me?”  Can we come to a place where we can entrust our story to God with gratitude and thanksgiving, understanding that our God is a loving God who already knows our story and loves us anyway? 

This week, I will remember that I belong to God; through it all, my story is to give God glory. No matter what I have been through I can be sure that God will be there to say to me, “I love you just the way you are.”  In response, I can let my life say to God, “I love you, too.” 

I am learning as a novice to let God take “the story of me” and use it for His service.  To not be afraid and trust that He is working out the details.  That I am safe under the wings of our Loving Father.