And God said, "Let us make humanity in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. "
~ Genesis 1:26
Have you seen God today? Well, at least a likeness, or similar image, or maybe a shadow?
We are the embodiment of the Creator. Today you can find nearly 7 billion examples of what God looks like. No kidding!
As for me, I know when I look in the mirror there are things I like, as well as, things I don't.
It's funny, the older I get, I recognize different members of my family looking back at me in the mirror. I see both my mother and father. It doesn't stop there. My hands and my build. My posture even is similar to an uncle. Everywhere I look I see "someone else" that makes up who I am.
I am the blended image of every person that has lived before me, and if you look close enough, there is the original that God fashioned from clay and breathed life into!
Despite our differences, we cannot deny that we all have been created in the image of God.
Innately we all not only look like the image of God, but the heart of God also dwells in each of us.
Have you ever thought about that?
I will admit that in my life experiences I have met people that I immediately knew their heart. There are those people that cannot contain the love of God, and it must be shared.
However, I have met those who are absolutely empty and dark.
In those cases I see the image, but then I wonder what it is that seems to be missing.
I can't explain why that is. I find it even harder when the actions of those created in the same image of the Creator find it necessary to manipulate, declare, and segregate the very creation that once was declared "good."
Our world is full of many things, but one thing I wish we would recognize is that we are ALL brothers and sisters, created by ONE who absolutely believes we ALL have a right to be here!
I am reminded during this season of Advent, that God sent a child, who looked like us, so that we ALL, not just in our likeness of image, but so that we ALL may find life...
We are all created in God's image... may our lives reflect that image each day.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.