Beloved. What's that supposed to mean anyway? In my entire life, I cannot remember anyone having ever referred to me as beloved. In fact, I don't think I have ever described anyone this way either. What does it mean to be beloved by someone?
I don't know. The Bible says (Deuteronomy 33:12b, NIV) "Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders." This was a blessing that Moses was giving Benjamin and his tribe. It is a blessing to be beloved or maybe in not so compounded words, we can simply say it is a blessing to be loved. To be loved by the Lord, holds a promise of rest and protection. To be loved is to be carried on his back so that he bears the weight of our lives. What if we beloved others the way Lord beloves us?
Can we protect others along life's journey? Will they find rest and live a little easier because they are beloved by us? For myself, I don't know if I will ever actually describe anyone as beloved. I truly am having trouble fathoming that particular word escape the confines of my mouth. Yet this is how I long to interact with others and I think, if I am truly honest with myself, this is probably how I long for others to interact with me. Let us truly be loved by one another.