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We love you

because you first loved us

because you knit us together, just as we are

because you gave us the care of this awe-inspiring world

because you keep your arms open to us, no matter what we do

because you look for us when we get lost

because you subjected your son to earthly powers so that we could better understand your ways

because you enliven us with your bold and beautiful spirit

because you invite us to join you in making things on earth as they are in heaven

because you prepare an eternal home for us in the presence of your peace

You give us so many reasons to love you

We don’t always do it so well

We don’t always pay it forward to others

Help us to love bigger

and to be made more like you by loving and being loved

You are not just the unending source of love

You are love itself

And we come before you astounded and grateful


Laura Stephens-Reed is a clergy and congregational coach working with ministers and churches across the ecumenical spectrum. Having served in a variety of pastoral roles and denominations, she is primarily affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and has ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Based in northwest Alabama (United States), Laura is married to a United Methodist pastor, and they have a eight-year-old son. She blogs weekly at

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