A deep week for faithart study. My one word for 2014 is beloved. This word is a difficult idea to live daily. The idea of being His beloved is in my head but not always in my heart/behavior.
So I reread the book "Life of the Beloved" by Henri Nouwen. Great book that I highly recomend. He wrote it for his non Christian friend, to share his faith. Page 119 of his book tells the special story of this book. " Here the real irony of writing hit me. I had tried so hard to write something for secular people, and the ones who were most helped by it were searhing Christians in Washington and London. I suddenly realized that without Fred I would never have found the words that were so helpful to believers. For me, there is more than an irony here. It is the mystery of God using his secular friends to instruct his disciples."
I wanted to focus on the words from God " You are my Beloved, on you my favor rests." That is living life as unceasing YES to the truth of my belovedness. Nouwen says to identify the movement of the Spirit in our lives, he uses for words/ideas: taken (chosen), blessed, broken and given. As a Christian we are called to become bread for the world, bread that is taken, blessed broken and given.
I used left over scrapbook paper from my UK friend Bernice and glued it all down in random rectangles/squares. Then stamped and journaled. The left page is my journaling from Nouwens book a paraphrase of Psalm 139.