Day Twenty One: Your are Loved Unconditionally and Everlastingly

You are loved, simply because you exist. You don’t have to earn it, just receive it. Open to those who love you without conditions. Awaken to God’s all-encompassing love – a love that embraces everlastingly all creation. Just as you are, you are loveable.

Sometimes the last place we expect to find God’s presence is in our own lives. The world is filled with God, others need our care, but often we forget about ourselves. We see ourselves as God-forsaken, having to earn God’s love rather than gracefully receive it. We encourage others to care for themselves but push ourselves to the breaking point, neglecting our own boundaries and well-being.

God’s words to Jesus – “you are my beloved child” – apply to you. God loves you and wants you to love yourself. You were created in God’s image, reveal divine wisdom in every cell of your body, and are given a blessing along with a mission.

You are loved. You don’t have to do anything. Just accept the love that brought you into life and will bring you home. The Dalai Lama once stated that the greatest blessing is to be born into loving arms and die in loving arms. When I think of God’s abundant love, I think of my five month old grandson – he can’t take care of himself and often wakes his parents and grandparents in the night, but he is loved simply because he is. The whole universe of love is centered on this little child; he is sustained by the energy that created the universe, and so are you. God is present giving you life and breath and love, and telling you to love yourself as your gift to the universe and to others.

Perhaps, as you look in the mirror today, you can stop and say “I am God’s beloved child; I am loved just as I am; and I give love to everyone I meet.”

For today’s affirmations, dwell on God’s love for you and God’s call to love yourself.

I love myself just as I am.
I treat myself with love, taking time for rest and refreshment.
My love for myself embraces everyone I meet.
I love myself (by a particular action).

Take time today for a personal Sabbath, an action that refreshes and renews – meditation, a walk in a beautiful space, a bubble bath, a relaxed cup of coffee or tea. Take time to support another person’s Sabbath experience, perhaps, by providing an hour’s respite from child care or elder care, giving a gift certificate, or a back rub or reiki treatment.

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About Bruce Epperly

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, and Pastor of South Congregational United Church of Christ, Centerville (Cape Cod), Massachusetts. He is the author of twenty five books, including Process Theology: A Guide to the Perplexed, Philippians: An Interactive Bible Study,The Center is Everywhere: Celtic Spirituality for the Postmodern Age, and Emerging Process: Adventurous Theology for a Missional Church. He also writes regularly for the Process and Faith lectionary. He has served as chaplain, professor, and administrator at Georgetown University, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Wesley School of Theology, and Claremont School of Theology. He may be reached at for lectures, workshops, and retreats. His latest book is Healing Marks: Healing and Spirituality in Mark’s Gospel (Energion).