Today my thoughts are revolving around the issue of love, in particular how we are loved by God. When Jesus comes up out of the waters after his baptism God speaks and says - "This is my Son, the beloved, with him I am well pleased." This phrase has been rolling around in my head all week.
I think one of the reasons it has stuck with me is that this is the beginning of Jesus ministry. He is about to start on the path that will lead him to the cross and God loves him and is pleased with him - not because of anything he has done but rather because of who and whose he is - God's child, God's beloved.
And it is the same with us. God loves us and is well pleased with us because of who we are - his children, his beloved. He is the ultimate parent who may not always like what we do, but he loves us, unconditionally. And this love, when we recognize it, changes us. It tells us that no matter where we go, God will be there. He will be the one who picks us up when we fall and scrape our knees. He will be the one who wipes the tears from our eyes. He will be the one who empowers us with his love to live out our lives in the best possible way.
So today may you experience the love of God in your life. May you know that you are always loved, cared for, and needed. And may you always rejoice in that love that is given to you.