“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
— Timothy Keller
Each morning, as we open our eyes and immediately begin reviewing our thoughts, where will we direct our attention? Will it be toward yesterday’s accomplishments and concerns, today’s to-do list, tomorrow’s goals and expectations? Or will we open our hearts in gratitude and wonder to the One who loves us best of all?
Every day, we can have this fresh realization: Our Father knows and loves us, and it’s by what we receive from Him that we come to more fully know and truly love one another .
“I know every one of your problems. I know your need and your worries. And yes, I know all your sins. But I will tell you again that I love you — not for what you have or haven’t done — I love you for you, the beauty and dignity my Father gave you by creating you in his own image….
“I thirst for you. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe my love for you: I thirst for you. I thirst to love and be loved by you — that is how precious you are to me. I thirst for you. Come to me, and fill your heart and heal your wounds….
“No matter how far you may wander, not matter how often you forget me, no matter how many crosses you may bear in this life, there is one thing I want you to remember always, one thing that will never change: I thirst for you — just as you are. You don’t need to change to believe in my love, for it will be your belief in my love that will change you. You forget me, and yet I am seeking you every moment of the day — standing at the door of your heart, and knocking….
“Whenever you do open the door of your heart, whenever you come close enough, you will hear me say to you again and again, not in mere human words but in spirit: ‘No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake.’
“Come to me with your misery and your sins, with your trouble and needs, and with all your longing to be loved. I stand at the door of your heart and knock. Open to me, for I thirst for you.”
— Mother Teresa (1910-1997)