We Belong to You


     In our liturgies here at the Monastery, we have our own share of favorite hymns.  One of the choice selections is entitled “We Belong to You” *.   It is addressed to God, the Lord of our longing.  The lyrics go on to say that we belong to the Lord in our daily living, dying and rising.  No matter where we are, or what we are doing, we belong to God.

     Indeed, there is something very soothing and strengthening when we think of ourselves as belonging to God, especially in times of loss, disappointment and personal suffering.  How deeply we long for that assurance.  How much we need it!  This means that when our days are turbulent and the road is bumpy, and situations are counter to what we would like, we are encouraged to remind ourselves that God is close to us. We are embraced.  We need only trust.

     If we are quiet within, we may even hear the soft voice of the Lord saying: “Can a mother forget her baby, or be without tenderness for the child of her womb?  Even if she should forget, I will never abandon you.” (Isaiah 49:15)  The Spirit of God, who so wants to find a home in our hearts, comes anew this day of Pentecost telling us that we belong entirely to God and that the seal of this promise will never be taken from us.

*Text 2006, Victoria Thomson, Music 2006, Trevor Thomson,

  Published by spiritandsong.com, a division of OCP, Portland OR.


Mary Jo Loebig, O.C.D


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