[GUEST POST FOR RUMINATE MAGAZINE]
Posted on April 21, 2020 by Jenn Zatopek
I’m thrilled to share my first article at The Waking Blog at Ruminate Magazine with you today. It’s a unique blend of storytelling, spiritual reflection, and artful analysis of how using the word “beloved” as my vision word last year changed everything. My inspiration for the article arrived at the start of this year, shortly after I read Henri Nouwen’s wonderful book called Life of the Beloved. If you have a chance to read it, please do so. It’s short yet profound, and his book is filled with heartfelt and compassionate prose, guiding the reader toward humanity’s true identity in God.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read this essay. I hope you enjoy it, and that you can firmly find time to rest, again and again, in who you are, not in what you do.
Last January, I chose a word to cast a positive vision for the year. A few days after I prayed, a word came to me through a dear friend who slipped a bracelet with the word “beloved” into my hands. It was a cold, gray day when we met up for dinner, but my delight at being seen by my friend was ineffable. We shared our vulnerable hearts with one another, a gift for my parched and weary soul.
As time wore on the tectonic plates of the relationship shifted, and like the aftermath of a volcanic eruption, the earth filled with molten lava and cooled in a new distance between us. . .
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