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As you watch this video, you’ll see some that can help but smile, you’ll see others that find it hard to take in, and you’ll see others who don’t know how to respond.  What if this statement was deeper than just surface level – and that at our core you knew, you deeply knew, that you are beautiful. That you remain as God created you – perfect complete and worthy. May you see your beauty and know it. May you offer others the gift also of seeing the beauty in them.

Some of us never heard it said of us. Some of us can’t imagine that this could be so. And to think that God thinks this of us is almost beyond belief. But it’s the deep truth that can change a life. You are loved with an everlasting love. You are seen. You are loved. You are known. You are beautiful.

This truth reminds me of that scene in “A River Runs Through It”

As time passed, my father struggled for more to hold on to, asking me again and again: had I told him everything. And finally I said to him, “Maybe all I really know about Paul is that he was a fine fisherman.” “You know more than that,” my father said; “He was beautiful.” And that was the last time we ever spoke of my brother’s death.

We all have that inner longing to hear that we are beautiful and to hear it from God.  Well, here goes,

“You are my child, whom I love, with you I am fully pleased.” (Mark 1:11)  What was said about the son coming up out of the waters is the same that is said of you also as a child of God.  The transformation lies in believing it and experiencing it.

And one more, I can’t resist.  From the Song of Solomon 6:3 “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”  You are beloved.  You are beautiful.