Joining Kate Motaung and a community of writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is, “Dear.”
“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God and in the presence of these witnesses, to join this man and this woman in holy matrimony…” This is the opening line of most traditional Christian marriage ceremonies.
“Dearly beloved.” The term dear, or one of the meanings of the word, is beloved. Others are adored, cherished, valued, esteemed. “Dearly” means “very much.” Someone who is is dearly beloved, is someone who is loved or cherished very much. Who does not want to be such a person?
The poet, Raymond Carver, gives voice eloquently to this longing of each human heart, in his poem, “Late Fragment.”
To every longing heart, you are dearly beloved.
You are the dearly beloved of the Father. He says so. Hear with new ears the words of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He give His only begotten Son…” To make us His “dearly beloved,” cost Him dearly. He made us His “dearly beloved” at the highest price.
Post edited on October 20, 2015 to prevent copyright infringement.