and you love me as I am
You have called me chosen
for your people
Unashamed to call me your own
I'm your beloved
From "Your Beloved" by MercyMe
[Written this morning in church,
after singing while holding Cate ...]
Since the day I saw her picture during an ultrasound in a Bloomington, Ind., doctor's office, I have not been ashamed to call her mine. I anticipated her arrival. I prepared to bring her home. I dedicated myself to caring for her every need while gradually teaching her new things that foster independence. I encouraged her to take her first steps and continue to help her discover the world around her.
Being with her.
Talking to her.
These are -- without a doubt -- the best moments in my life as a mother.
And, to think, this doesn't even compare to how intensely and completely God loves me. God is not ashamed. He calls me his own. He knew I would arrive. And he is preparing me an eternal place. He is committed to me.
I am chosen. You are chosen.