We are, each of us, made in the image of God, as much God’s creatures as the first human, made of the clay of the earth, the humus and the breath of God (see Gen. 2:7). At our baptisms, we are told that the voice that spoke to Jesus assures that we too are God’s children, well beloved. We are told too that when we cry out, “Abba! Father!” it is the spirit of our adoption crying out within us (see Rom. 8:15-16; Gal. 4:4-6); the cry of recognition of the family of God, stretched between the poles of birth and adoption, creation and redemption, blood and water.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
Where do you notice God’s loving presence in your life from birth until now? Join the conversation.
Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.
—1 John 3:2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
How infinite is your embrace, O God. How broad and high and deep and enduring is your love.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
Show your loved ones how much you care by giving them Spirit Boosters, daily reminders that they still have purpose, no matter their age.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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