Friday, February 20, 2009

The Promise

I have called you by name, from the very beginning
you are mine and I am yours. You are my beloved. On
you my favor rests. I have molded you in the depths
of the earth and knitted you together in your mother's
womb. I have carved you in the palm of my hand and
hidden you in the shadow of my embrace. I look at
you with infinite tenderness and care for you with a
care more intimate than that of a mother for her child.
I have counted every hair on your head and guided
you at every step. Wherever you go I go with you, and
wherever you rest I keep watch. I will give you food
that will satisfy all your hunger and drink that will
quench all your thirst. I will not hide my face from
you. You know me as your own as I know you as my
own. You belong to me.
H. Nouwen