Nathanael asked him,
         “Where did you get to know me?”
         Jesus answered,
         “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
—John 1.48

The Beloved sees you. Knows you.
Inner you. Soul you.
Not the faults and failures,
nor your alibis,
not the gold and silver medals,
not what you or others
think of you,
but the soul inside the story,
the heart beneath the wounds,
what God created
and has always loved,
the Thou of you.

Seen without judgment,
known without blame,
named, beloved, treasured—
welcome it.

You can stop pretending.
Let yourself become
the one God knows.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

January 14, 2021

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