“Many young adults in our society, having grown up in angry or broken homes or with parents who were more concerned to make money than to nurture their children, are starved for the true love that only God can give. If our worship is truly immersed in the splendor of God, then His love for everyone will be readily apparent to all who come searching for it. If our congregations can truly be church—that is, genuine communities of the beloved of God—then we have immense gifts to offer those yearning to be enfolded in trustworthy intimacy.” – Marva J. Dawn, A Royal Waste of Time
A past entry from Mark’s journal:
I had a good friend stop by the other day and ask me if I had ever seen this text before:
“About Benjamin he said, ‘Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” (Deuteronomy 33:12)
I said “yes” I had, but I hadn’t seen it in a while. I had been originally drawn to it because it was Moses’ blessing to the tribe of Benjamin which is the name of our youngest and fifth child. So today I am listening to these words from the Lord’s heart to mine and praying that you, the reader, and my son Benjamin would enjoy and embrace being the “beloved of the Lord.”
About you, Mark I say, “Oh my beloved, my beloved—the beloved of the Lord—rest secure in Me for I shield you all day long. You are the one I love so rest, rest between my shoulders.”
Father, I am overwhelmed by your love and the affectionate name by which you call me. To be “your beloved” is so inexpressibly wonderful, a priceless gift. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for reminding me that you are always with me, always shielding me against the enemies attacks so that my faith does not fail. Lord, remembering who I am to you and who you are on my behalf, I will indeed rest secure between your shoulders. I love you Lord.