Through the Lens of Beloved

Today’s Lenten reflection word, BELOVED, began my day with the sweetest of memories.  In spite of all the challenges that come in any marriage, one thing that Randy could do like no one else was to make me feel absolutely and completely beloved. He used to cup my face in his hands, look tenderly into my eyes and say from the depths of his being, “Oh! Just LOOK at you!” Every other feeling thudded to the ground and I was left with the bare immensity of being someone’s Beloved. It was a feeling so true that it is not bound by time. I feel it in this moment as I did in the moments of years ago. Without a doubt, I was Randy’s Beloved.

I am now, as I also was then, God’s Beloved. Just simply loved because I am. So are you. And so is everyone else.

Think of it! We are God’s Beloved!

Every minute of every day. No matter what. NO MATTER WHAT.

With Beloved as my lens today, I’ve found that somehow everyone looks a little different. My friend across the table at lunch looked  different. My walking companion this morning looked different. The person in the car next to me looked different. Different — like they really belong. Like they are truly Beloved.

This exquisite poem by Jan Richardson says it all, and I share it with you today:

Beginning with Beloved
A Blessing

Begin here:

Beloved.

Is there any other word
needs saying,
any other blessing
could compare
with this name,
this knowing?

Beloved.

Comes like a mercy
to the ear that has never
heard it.
Comes like a river
to the body that has never
seen such grace.

Beloved.

Comes holy
to the heart
aching to be new.
Comes healing
to the soul
wanting to begin
again.

Beloved.

Keep saying it
and though it may
sound strange at first,
watch how it becomes
part of you,
how it becomes you,
as if you never
could have known yourself
anything else,
as if you could ever
have been other
than this:

Beloved.

–Jan Richardson

See the difference with your own eyes, Beloved.

(p.s. You can read more of Jan’s beautiful work at: http://paintedprayerbook.com)

6 thoughts on “Through the Lens of Beloved

  1. Donna

    Lisa, I remember him offering a picture of your hands holding the bowl for our stewardship symbol when you two started attending our church. I remember thinking how he must have loved you so much, just based on how he talked about you. I don’t think I’d met you yet, or at least not so that I knew for sure who you were. That love was very evident when he talked about you to others. You are certainly Randy’s beloved and God certainly loves you too! – Donna

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  2. Kartha

    Your words are a beautiful way to start this beautiful day! I’ll keep my lens in place and hold the words of this poem close to me, as I remember… I Am Beloved. Thank you Lisa!!

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  3. maureenmccarthykoth

    Lisa your heart is so apparent in your lovely words. I also so appreciate sharing Jan Richardson and her great work…we are beloved

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