February 25th. To Be Called Beloved.

February 25th. To Be Called Beloved.


I John 4:7-12

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent the only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loved us and sent the Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and God’s love is perfected in us.

“To Be Called Beloved” | By Emilie M. Townes*

to be called beloved
is to be called by God
to be called by the shining moments
be called deep within deep

to be called beloved
is more than one plus infinity
more than the million breaths of loving
than the sounds of tomorrow’s horizon

to be called beloved
is the marvelous yes to God’s what if
the radical shifting of growth
mundane agency of active faith

to be called beloved
is to ask the question
what would it mean
what would it look like if we actually believed
that we are washed in God’s grace


to be called beloved
is to answer the question
we are not dipped
we are not sprinkled
we are not immersed
we are washed in the grace of God


to be called beloved
is to listen to the words of Baby Suggs
who offered up to them (us) her great big heart


*This poem was read by Rev. Sara Wilhelm Garbers at this week’s Wednesday night class on the African American experience in the United States. It’s a poem about how the love of God holds and sustains us even in the face of oppression and hatred. Whatever your story, may you know yourself as beloved by God.

God give us faith to believe that we are beloved by you. Open us to be not just dipped, not just sprinkled, not just immersed, but washed and held by your grace and love. And may this love open us to the world that we might love one another. Amen.


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