Hear the Word of your Beloved

Hear the Word of your Beloved:

“I have called you by name, from the 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. Wherever you are I will be. Nothing will ever separate us. We are one.”

(Henri Nouwen in Life of the Beloved.)