Today is Tuesday, September 13th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2152

"Beloved, if God so loved us,
we ought to love one another."
~ I John 4:11 NKJV
"Beloved"? Just what does that word mean?
Two definitions I found, first as an adjective: "greatly loved; dear to the heart". Second, as a noun:  "a person who is greatly loved".
When I researched the number of times beloved is written in the Bible, there were over 100 times:  sometimes about others who the writer was describing, sometimes about us and how God thinks about us.
We must be pretty high on God's list; we are greatly loved.
I have heard it said that every word Jesus uttered was to us because of His Great Love for us and because He wanted us to have His complete joy.
Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for loving us so much. Thank You that Your plan is that we love You, love others, and love ourselves. We want to live in Your love and Your joy. Help us to follow You just for today. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
A note of response from Miriam Walker to yesterday's Karen's Korner featuring the words to the song "In God We Still Trust", sung by Diamond Rio:
"I have the CD and I love it.  It has such a great message.  
On the lyrics it says, 'written by Rob LeClair/Bill Nash/Kim Nash'. On there, they also wrote-Brian Prout: (quoting from the CD information:  'At a different time in our career and in a different era in our country, we probably wouldn't have touched this with a 10-foot pole.  We, as Diamond Rio, had never really taken a stance (a) politically or (b) socially. We've never tried to make a statement with any of our music or draw a line in the sand, so to speak, about things that we believe that people may not know about us beyond our music. With this song, we were all in agreement that it's about what we believe, so why not go ahead and record it and stick it out there and see what happens. And it is without question the most reactive song that we play in our show.  It's been uncanny.  We've never had as big a response to a new song when we play it live, as we did this one. We have yet to play this song in any venue in any area of the country or overseas where it doesn't get a standing ovation.'