Isn’t She Lovely?

“Isn’t she lovely?” Stevie Wonder sang, stunned by the birth of his first daughter, adoring her when he first saw her. “Isn’t she pretty? Isn’t she lovely made from love?” Looking at his baby made him proud and humble and happy. And he started to praise God: “I can’t believe what God has done. Through us He’s given life to one.” So it is true for every father and mother what the Psalm says:

“I will sing of your majesty above the heavens with the mouths of babes and infants.” (Psalm 8,2-3)

How fascinating that Wonder was inspired by his daughter to write this song. Isn’t that an incredible phenomenon that a parent can be inspired by his child? Honestly, I have never seen a parent who was not inspired by his child. And even if he would not love his own – something you can hardly imagine – he would still be inspired.

If it is true that God, the Father in heaven, is an even greater and more loving father, I dare to think that He also is inspired by the birth of each of his children. I dare to imagine that He, whose love is abundant, starts singing, full of happiness and love whenever a human is born: “Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t he lovely? Isn’t she wonderful? Isn’t he precious?” And he continues to sing.

That God not only created me, but that I also inspire him is breathtaking. It is his love that makes this possible. His love comes to completion when he sees us. I am lovely because I am made from love. The history of men and God has proven it. God did not just create us and throw us into this world. When He saw us “the first time”, he fell even more in love with us–so precious were we, so wonderful. Because of this he can never let go of us.

Lord, it touches me deeply to think you sing a love song for me like Stevie Wonder did for his daughter. I am precious to you. Nothing and nobody can cancel that out. Let me live in this love. Let me hear your song for me. The song of love you are singing for me.

7 thoughts on “Isn’t She Lovely?

  1. Thanks Fr. Mauritius ; you’ve provided much to ponder. Fully embracing the above makes sense & makes life much easier. Must admit I struggle with the “ full embrace “ of this connected love. Keep praying for me as I strive for the realization of this embrace & the light it provides. Your writings are helpful ! Peace & Love

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  2. Thank you Mauritius for this beautiful insight into the love of God for us. I am rereading Dom Sebastian Moore’s The Fire And The Rose Are One and soaking in his perception of God as the One we desire to be desired by. And your post confirms God’s desire for each of us. Blessings on your work and your day.


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  3. Thank you for this reflection. Even more inspiring to me is that Stevie Wonder had not actually “seen” his daughter in the sense that we “see” a newborn. He is, indeed, quite blind. That he was so inspired by her loveliness says to me that he was inspired by the miracle of life itself – the awe he experienced by God’s gift in the creation of life in a very real and personal way for him provided the inspiration, not the physical attributes of his daughter. Each life a gift, each life precious, each life lovely regardless of the more superficial way some think of defining “loveliness.” To be gifted with life is precious, and your reminder that God “sings” over each of us a love song is precious as well!

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