As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. John 15:9
Sometimes we feel confused and insecure, and we may discover that we are asking other people’s permission to exist. We offer them the option to reject us, and if they do reject us we can be deeply wounded, feeling as though we are nothing. But that way of life is futile and gives power to people who do not want or deserve it. It is also enormously painful for us, having to wait to be judged mostly on externals.
Your true identity is not in the hands of other people. Your identity can never be what some other person may think about you. You were fashioned by God in your mother’s womb. God knew you intimately before you were born. You are God’s beloved child. That is who you truly are.
O Giver of Life, empower me to claim that I am loved first, and with that love, let me love my human family.