God loved you before you were born, and God will love you after you die. In Scripture God says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." This is a very fundamental truth of your identity. This is who you are whether you feel it or not. You belong to God from eternity to eternity. Life is just a little opportunity for you during a few years to say, "I love you, too."

Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Heart of Henri Nouwen by Rebecca Laird, editor, Michael J. Christensen, editor