My childhood experiences of Lent were haunted by an oft-sung hymn phrase, “for such a worm as I,” a phrase prompted desperate searches for what I must do to make myself worthy of God’s love. To be sure, Lent is a time to journey into the wilderness of our human condition, an opportunity to engage in intentional self-examination and reflection on our faith and our relationship with God and others. This collection of visuals reminds us that we have already been claimed as God’s own in holy baptism, washed clean of our sin, marked with the sign of the cross forever, and assured that we who die with Christ will also rise with him. BELOVED is both the beginning of the Lenten journey and the place of home-coming at journey’s end. Amidst all the competing messages from within and without, may you hold fast to the assurance that you are now and will ever be God’s beloved child.