In its broadest arc, the Bible tells the story of our reunion with the God who is our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, our parent by birth and by adoption, the most complete image of our identity. We are legion, we are many, but God has our seemingly infinite variety covered by God’s own infinite image. However we differentiate ourselves, we cannot deny the image of God that imprints us, shaping us in ways our DNA maps cannot describe.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
What helps you see yourself and others as diverse reflections of God’s image? Join the conversation.
God created humanity in God’s own image,
in the divine image God created them,
male and female God created them.
—Genesis 1:27 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God, who is both Father and Mother, I give thanks for your unconditional love, protection, and guidance.
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