Tuesday, April 6, 2010

In the beginning. . .

"Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day".(Genesis 1:26-31)

I believe that line 31 says it all, "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good".

God did not look back on his creation and say that: 1. I could have done better; or 2. It looked OK; 3. What was I thinking when I created those people, they are going to be trouble. No, the story goes that God was very pleased with his creation. So, why can't we seem to see each other as being "very good". We are all made in God's image. I don't believe that means our outer appearance is like God's outer appearance. We are made in God's image because our soul, or spirit is part of God's Spirit. We are all given spirit from the same source.
In addition, God gave us the gift of free will. Our free will is like God's free will. We have the freedom to say yes and the freedom to say no. We just haven't learned to say yes to the right things; that is our human condition. However, we should not lose hope. Since we have God's Spirit within us, we have the help that we need to say "yes" to the right things. God is always there to help us if we ask and allow him to do so.
Just as a parent is looking to support their child's first step, God is there to help our steps along life's way. Just as the child tries to walk on her own, we try to get through life on our own. But God waits patiently for us to reach out to him.
We must not think that we have the exclusive rights to God's love and assistance. God has many, many children. Even though we fight each other, we have to realize that the people who fight us are God's children too. The people we do not like are God's children too. There is not one human that you see during your day who is not a child of God.
We should rejoice for the gift of one another and the differences in each other.
God does!

Peace and love,

"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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