Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen

p. 46-47

Becoming the Beloved means letting the truth of our Belovedness become enfleshed in everthing we think, say, or do.  It entails a long and painful process of appropriation or, better, incarnation.  As long as “being the Beloved” is little more than a beautiful thought or a lofty idea that hangs above my life to keep me from becoming depressed, nothing really changes.  What is required is to become the Beloved in the commonplaces of my daily existence and, bit by bit, to close the gap that exists between what I know myself to be and the countless specific realities of everyday life.  Becoming the Beloved is pulling the truth revealed to me from above down into the ordinariness of what I am, in fact, thinking of, talking about, and doing from hour to hour.

Lord, let the words I hear and listen to be yours.  Help me to obey even when I don’t want to, knowing that your path is the path of life.  I already am your beloved, but I know I can choose to walk in that or not.  Strengthen my resolve and will to keep my eyes fixed on you.  In Jesus’ name.

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