“And a voice came from heaven, You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22)
Are these the words we hear when we are baptized? Are we also able to hear that God is pleased with us? Does our new identity in Christ help us to listen and hear what God wants to say to us?
I was once on a five day private retreat. A silent retreat. I was in the chapel one day, praying silently and I heard within my heart these words: “You are my beloved daughter in whom I am well pleased.”
I thought that I had imagined it and continued praying. I then noticed that the Bible was open. I went to see what scripture it was open to and there was this reading from Luke.
I am surely not perfect. Far from it. But God is not saying that he loves us when we are perfect. He says he is well pleased with us just the way we are. We are His children. His creation. He is our Father.
That is enough to know. In fact, it is everything.
Father in heaven, thank you for your love. Thank you for creating me, your daughter. May I always be mindful of your great love, made known to me through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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