Advent reflection ~ day 6

Beloved; See what love the Father has bestowed upon us that we may be called children of God. ~ I John 3:1


What does the word “beloved” mean? The dictionary defines beloved with the following words: darling, dearest, precious, adored, much loved, cherished, and treasured.

Many of us have a hard time accepting that God could feel this way about us. Aware of our sinfulness, we often feel unworthy of God’s love and mercy.

But the scriptures tell us that God’s love for us is deeply personal. In Isaiah 43: 4, we read these words: Because you are precious in my sight, you are honored and I love you…

On this first Friday in Advent, take a few moments to stand in front of a mirror. Let yourself feel the warmth of God’s presence. Hear your father say: “My child, you are dear to me; adored, treasured, and loved.

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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