Hello my babies,
Recently, we heard a sermon series at church about Beloved Community… connecting with people, understanding that we are beloved by God, showing care and love for others, and other thought-provoking, touchy-feely, cool churchy stuff. Each person who came to church received a rock with a word written on it, “beloved.” It was a physical symbol to put in your pocket, purse, on a desk, shelf, nightstand, or somewhere to see and find as a reminder that we are not only loved, but beloved. Beloved is like love only deeper—cherished, dear to the heart, unconditional.
I wrote the word “beloved” on 150 rocks. At first, I looked for the rocks that were just the right size, the proper smoothness, and a rock worthy of giving away to people at church. There weren’t very many “perfect” rocks. But, there were lots of other rocks: interesting, imperfect, misshapen, broken rocks. It was a learning experience for me. We are not perfect. We are interesting, broken, scarred, healed, smooth, colorful, and absolutely beloved.
So, I am giving you each a rock. A small, physical symbol and reminder that you are God’s beloved. You are my beloved. I am so blessed to be your mom and see you both grow up with your unique personalities and individual awesomeness. I am very proud of you. My heart overflows with joy at all the new adventures headed our way as a family, even if our roofs are in different places. 🙂
Love, Love, Love,