*I'm spending some time with family this week so I thought I'd devote the blog to men and women who have influenced me in my own formation into Christlikeness. Enjoy! Henri J.M. Nouwen, from Life of the Beloved

From all eternity, long before you were born and becomes a part of history, you existed in God's heart. Long before your parents admired you or your friends acknowledged your gifts or your teachers, colleagues and employers encouraged you, you were already "chosen." The eyes of love had seen you as precious, as of infinite beauty, as of eternal value. When love chooses, it chooses with a perfect sensitivity for the unique beauty of the chosen one, and it chooses without making anyone else feel excluded. (45)

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