Genesis 1:26-31 (NRSV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind  in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth,  and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 27 So God created humankind  in his image, in the image of God he created them;  male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29 God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.   

Job 33:4 (NRSV)

4 The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty  gives me life.

DEVOTION – Mary Jane Hoffmaster (Pennsylvania)

Several years ago, while browsing in an antique shop, my husband and I came across a display of crocks created by a local potter who had made them well over 100 years before.  The crocks had been discarded by the potter because they had become misshapen in the firing process.  He put the rejected pots in the scrap pit behind his business.  Then, over the years, the potter’s work became well known and highly collectable.  When the damaged crocks were excavated from the pit, they were considered valuable – not because they were beautiful or even functional but because of who had made them.

The story of these pots reminds me of the nature of God’s children.  We are all misshapen in some way.  But each of us is made in the image of God, our creator.  As with the crocks, our worth does not come from how we look or how functional we are.  We are valuable because of who made us.

After viewing the results of creating the world and everything in it, God said that it was very good.  We may sometimes view our fellow humans as less than good.  But we are each made in God’s image.  Our worth, our value, comes from God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Every single person on earth was created in the image of God.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us to see others through your eyes, remembering that each of us is made in your image.  Amen.