What's in a word?


Have you chosen your word for the year?

I haven't really gotten into this before, but this year I have a word that has been coming up for the last month or so. I don't know if this will be my word for the year or my word for right now, but it's clearly a significant word.

It's been leaping off pages as I read and listen to Scripture.

Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. And so we are ... Beloved, we are God's children now... Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask,because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

1 John 3:1-2, 21

Beloved.

Not just loved, but beloved. Not just my being beloved, but those in my life I hold close in my heart as my beloveds. Knowing how much I am loved and being able to return that love in ways that make doing God's will easy and filled with a deep and resonant joy.

I'm not sure how else this will play out, but I'm sure I will let you know.

Tell me. Do you have a word for the year, or even for right now? Is God whispering it in your ear or announcing from the rooftops?

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Karen May

Inspirational Catholic Writer and Speaker

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