God has called you by name, from the very beginning. You are his Beloved, and on you his favor rests. He molded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb. He carved you in the palms of his hands and hid you in the shadow of his embrace. He has counted every hair on your head and guided you at every step. Where you go, he will go with you, and where you rest, he will keep watch. He will give you food that will satisfy all your hunger and drink that will quench all your thirst. He will not hide his face from you. You belong to him. Wherever you are, he will be. Nothing will ever separate you from him.
Jesus Christ, his only son, gave his life for you. Just like his life was taken, blessed, broken and given on behalf of your sin, your life is taken, blessed, broken and given to the glory of God the Father.
You are chosen.
Receive the blessing of the Father.
Rejoice in sharing in the sufferings of the Son.
And be free to give your life in service to others.