I love this video clip of Henri Nouwen preaching (this is a short clip — 8 minutes and 55 seconds — well worth your time).

His many books have been influential in my personal life and in my work as a pastor and therapist.

Here we get a good sense of what it means to be the “Beloved” which constitutes the core of our identity — that you and I are God’s sons and daughters.

We are His Beloved, and it is out of that relationship that everything flows.