Day 13 of the Silent Journey

I am a child. I love to be loved. I want to be loved.

“Do you see me? I am worthy of receiving your love. Love me, please. Am I worthy of your love?”

I am an adult, but I’m still the same child who craves love and affection. I want to be loved. I want attention, recognition and praise. I need to feel admired. I need to feel needed.

“Do you see me? Do you see all that I have accomplished? Do you see all that I have done? I deserve to be loved. Please, love me. Am I worthy of your love?”

Years passed and I realized that I don’t need to do anything, or prove to anyone that I am worthy of receiving love. I don’t need external approval and praise anymore to be happy. In my contemplative moments I have experienced and continue to experience God’s unconditional love for me. God loves me just as I am, and worthiness has nothing to do with it. I deserve to be loved and admired just as I am. I am divine. I am worthy. I am at peace.

“Lord. I am worthy to receive you! I am worthy to receive your love! And I know that you love me unconditionally.”

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As I age, all the descriptors that I used to give meaning and importance to my existence begin to drift away; they are just memories. I don’t need to tell my story anymore. I don’t need to let others know how important I was, and how deserving of admiration I am.

At the end of the day, I will find myself asking the question, “Who am I?’ and the answer I hopefully will find is, “I am God’s beloved son.” And I will be reminded again that worthiness has nothing to do with God’s unconditional and infinite love for me.

Yes, I am worthy of receiving love!

Yes, I am loved!

And so are you.

Smile! Life is good! Life is great!

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