be.loved. The first thing that stood out to me almost a year ago about this name was the plurality of its use. These were my interpretations for possible meanings:
Be loved: allowing myself to actively receive the love my Father has for me.
Beloved: fully engaging in the relationship of love by giving it in return.
BelovED: identifying myself as a follower of Christ with a community of fellow believers.
Is it supposed to mean more than one thing? That’s clever — I like it.
How do I pronounce it?
When I got a text from my long time friend Ashlee Chu about editing for this blog, my initial thoughts were clearly overactive as I fixated on the name. I was about to graduate college and take off on a backpacking trip across Europe with a friend for two months. I didn’t know if this was something I could realistically commit to doing…
“It’s a blog where women can be open about their faith and share the struggles they face in our world today,” she told me.
Ok, done. I’m sold.
The following months I found myself jumping from hostel to hostel, sleeping on buses and trains, laying on a beach in Portugal then bundling up the following day as I stood outside Buckingham Palace in London. The adventure of my life held no concept of consistency or security, and while it was incredible, it was also very draining. Finding quiet time to spend with God seemed nearly impossible. What kept me going was the spiritual encouragement I received while editing the be.loved posts. From across the world, I was connected to a community that wasn’t even back in my hometown and I was reminded that God works everywhere regardless of who or what is around.
As the editor I get to be encouraged with each new post and inspired by each situation or story. My job isn’t only to make grammatical corrections, it’s to truly understand the context and tone of the writer, and in that develop a deep understanding of their message. My life has been positively impacted by every woman who has opened their heart to this blog and I feel privileged to be a part of a family that gives, receives, and rejoices in the love our Father has for us and the love we have for one another.
And now, I encourage our readers to let yourselves be loved.
Fully engage in a loving response by identifying yourself as beloved.