The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Living beloved

What does it mean that God tenderly loves and cherishes us?

I ring the doorbell and wait — but not for long. Soon I hear the pounding of little feet running on wood floors, accompanied by screams of delight, "Grandma Sonia is here!

During those few seconds of waiting, joy rises within me. The door opens and five pairs of arms reach for hugs. What delight I feel every Saturday when this scene repeats itself. What love fills my heart as I hold these beautiful little children of my child. What yearnings I feel for them and for their health and well-being.

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