“Living as God’s Beloved”

Our Advent Devotion for Tuesday, December 21, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen


The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be

his people, his treasured possession. … because the Lord loved you and

kept the oath that he swore to your ancestors ...”

Deuteronomy 7:6, 8 NIV
 

"We have to dare to reclaim the truth that we are God’s chosen ones, even

when our world does not choose us. … The great spiritual battle begins –

and never ends – with the reclaiming of our chosenness”

Life of the Beloved, page 42, by Henri J.M. Nouwen
 

"Living as God’s Beloved”

To be chosen is to be loved, treasured and valued. In Christ we are God’s chosen ones, we are God’s beloved. Will we, in turn, choose God? St. John wrote, “We love because he first loved us” (1John 4:19). If we choose God, it is because God first chose us. If we love God, it is because God first loved us. Everything we do is a response to God’s love and care for us – even the breaths we take are a result of God’s creative love.

As the days of Christmas draw near, may we bask in this reality as we would bask in the warm sunshine of a quiet afternoon. We are chosen. We are loved.

When we have accepted this awesome reality, how will we respond?

 

Friends–

What does it mean for us to respond to God’s love by loving God? Loving God means that we show love for those whom God has placed in our lives and for the world that God has given us. Each and all of us has been chosen by God. We are BELOVED, and thus, we are called to respond by loving all that God has given us.

Pastor Bea

 
Prayer:

God, I believe that you love me. May I be changed by this truth and know it in my heart this Christmas. Amen.

Henri J.M. Nouwen