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Remembering Where We Come From

“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female…” – Genesis 1:26-27

I have been reminded in recent weeks of how important it is for us to remember where we come from. On September 11th, this nation commemorated ten years since the attacks of 9/11 that killed over 3,000 people in a moment that changed us for this generation, and perhaps for those to come. This landmark anniversary sparked a deeper reflection on the damage that was done, the lives that were changed forever, and how this event shook some people’s faith in God’s goodness and God’s love for us.

So many families were forced to confront the depths of evil that day, and to see what it can do to their lives. In response, many asked the age-old question, “Why, Lord, why?,”  as they try to figure out why a God who is good lets bad things happen all of the time, especially on such a massive scale. It is natural to wonder about God’s goodness in the world when we are faced with so much evil, but it is also important to remember the power and the responsibility that we have to respond to that evil and to change the world so that we don’t keep on making the same mistakes over and over again.

We come from a God who made us in God’s own image. And when we think of what the image of God looks like, we think of everything beautiful, everything marvelous, and everything that is good. That means that from the moment of creation, this beauty, and this marvelous-ness, and this goodness is in us, too. We know that there is sin. And we know that there is imperfection in our lives. But we are made good by a good God!

The challenge then is that we have to take the power that God gives us – to “rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky…and over all the creatures…” – seriously. We have to be committed to making sure that all of our actions reflect God’s goodness, and the beauty and the marvelous-ness with which He created us. It is up to each of us to try and reflect this goodness as individuals, and to support our brothers and sisters so that we can all do it together.

The attacks of 9/11 were not a natural disaster. They were not caused by an earthquake, or a hurricane. They were caused by people – who were made in God’s image, just like you and I – but who lost a sense of that goodness and beauty along the way. We can help each other to remember what matters most and to hold onto it no matter what circumstances we encounter in our lives. And maybe if we can do that, evil won’t have to get so much airtime in our world.

Oh God, help us to remember where we come from; help us to reflect your goodness and beauty in everything that we do, and strengthen us for the times when we must help our brothers and sisters to do the same. Lord, help us to stay focused on what matters most.

Prayer focus for the week: the beauty in our lives, and how we can make more of it.

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