To Be Loved

During Lent, we should pause to reflect more on love as Easter represents the greatest love ever given to man. Sometimes in life, we may find a near perfect love, someone who loves us close to God's perfect love. Often we receive this from our parents, especially our mothers. But, sometimes it is with romantic love. Typically, it is unusual to find unconditional romantic love. Often there are many expectations and requirements to being loved. Rarely, we find this pure love that is just given to be given as a gift with no demands. When we are loved like this, we feel deep connection, complete acceptance, and fully known. We may never experience this kind of human love, but we are always given this perfect love from God, our Father and Creator. My poem, "To Be Loved," describes what it is like to receive this kind of love. 

To Be Loved

What does it mean to be loved and seen?
To be valued for our worth and true being
It is to be fully and wholly known
To always feel we are protected, never alone

To feel secure, resting at peace
Knowing this love will never cease
Feeling lifted up to soar and fly
Knowing we can climb mountains no matter how high

To never again falter or waiver
Knowing we have never felt safer
To feel entirely and totally whole
Never abandoned, never left out in the cold

Feeling feet firmly planted on the ground
Knowing a love like this, can never again be found
It makes us stronger giving us strength
Knowing this love cannot be measured by any length

Always feeling accepted, never judged
This special love will never hold anger or a grudge
It's our human nurture and core need
We need to feel secure, never to leave

To be loved even when we fail
Knowing no cliff is too steep to scale
Even in life's most tumultuous storms
One can feel sheltered, safe and all warm

We were born to be loved and connected
Not to feel inadequate or rejected
When we feel we completely belong
Then we will no longer yearn or long

To be utterly and completely loved
Is a gift alone from Heaven above
It is when we join God in holy communion
His unconditional love forms this perfect union

-Dr. Rhonda Milner

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."
1 John 4:16

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