Scripture: Psalm 139
Key verse: (14) I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
Reflection: We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are created by God, known by God and belong to God. That is the good news of this beautiful psalm. These bodies we abuse over and over again are the handiwork of God. Nadia Bolz Webber has a great suggestion: “the church should open a shop right in the middle of all the Botox and liposuction clinics where for free anybody could walk in and we’d tell them that their bodies are wonderfully knit together by God. That their bodies are holy and beautiful to the one in whose image they were created. And then maybe we could serve them bread and wine.”
Belonging to God is not just a feeling, this is spiritual. Our bodies, regardless of the flaws, are the same form taken on by God in the birth of Jesus. Jesus who reached out to sinners, told amazing stories and performed miracles that still baffle us. Jesus gave us communion where we eat and remember who we are.
When your body disappoints you or when you are hyper-critical, remember this psalm. When you wonder where you fit it, what life is about or even the nature of God, remember this psalm. We are an incredible work of art, knit together by God with God’s own breath.
13For it was God who formed your inward parts; and knit you together in your mother’s womb.
14 praise God, for you are reverently and wonderfully made and wonderful are God’s works.”
We cannot argue with that good news.
Prayer: Creator God, thank you that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Help me believe these words and live accordingly. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].