Day Two: Redefining Ourselves in Light of the Truth
Too long I have lived
among those who hate peace.
I am a man of peace
Psalm 120: 6-7
We take a baby step toward God, away from the lies of the world. The question surfaces: If I am not defined by the world then who am I? If the world has told me lies, then what is the Truth?
You are my child.
You are written on the palms of my hand.
I have molded you in the secret of the earth.
I have knitted you together in your mother’s womb.
You belong to me.
I am yours. You are mine.
I have called you from eternity and you are the one who is held safe and embraced in love from eternity to eternity. You belong to me. And I am holding you safe and I want you to know that whatever happens to you, I will always be there and hold you in my embrace.You are mine. You are my child. You belong to my home. You belong to my intimate life and I will never let you go. I will be faithful to you.
The spiritual life starts at the place where you can hear God’s voice. Where somehow you can claim that long before your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your school, your church touched you, loved you, and wounded you – long before that you were held safe in an eternal embrace. You were seen with eyes of perfect love long before you entered into the dark valley of life . . . The spiritual life starts at the moment you can go beyond all of the wounds and claim that there was a love that was perfect and unlimited, long before that perfect long became reflected in the imperfect and limited love of people. The spiritual life starts when you dare to claim your first love.
Henry Nouwen, Our First Love
Take a moment to ask God to show you who you are. How would you fill in the blank: I am a man of __________________. I am a woman of ____________________. Seeing ourselves through God’s eyes can give us the courage to take the next step of the journey.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.