“We, too, are Sent”

Our Advent Devotion for Thursday, December 16, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen

This is my Son, with whom I am well pleased.

Matthew 3:17 NIV

“Everything changes radically from the moment you know yourself as being

sent into this world. ... The change of which I speak is the change from living

life as a painful test to prove that you deserve to be loved, to living as an

unceasing “Yes” to the truth of Belovedness.”

Life of the Beloved, page 105, by Henri J.M. Nouwen

“We, too, are Sent”

We are accustomed to thinking of Jesus as being sent into the world. We know he had a mission. We know why he was here. But what about us? We, too, have been sent into this world! We, too, incarnate the life of God in us. Genesis tells the story of the first human being – crafted with care from the clay of the earth, God breathing his own divine breath into him. Each of us is made with this care, this breath, this purpose, this life of God in us Each of us is sent – not to accomplish some earth-shattering thing, but to touch this world with God’s love, to incarnate God’s love in small ways, every day.

We have nothing to prove; we simply have something to be. As Christ was sent so we are sent: to reveal God’s love to a lonely world.


Friends –

This theophany (voice of God) at Jesus’ baptism is one of my favorite verses in all of Scripture. Like Henri Nouwen, I hear that blessing for myself and for each and every one of us whom God created in God’s own holy image. We are all BELOVED Children of God.


God, you send me into the world with the same love and purpose with which you sent your Beloved Son. I am your Beloved child. Remind me that I am made by you, sent by you and loved by you. Amen.

Henri J.M. Nouwen