Scripture: Psalm 139
Key verse: (1) “O LORD, you have searched me and known me.”
Reflection: Many people suffer from a poor self-image. Some are driven to succeed to prove they are worthy. Some don’t believe they are worth much to anyone. Some are pretending to be someone they are not; while others are trying to discover who they are. Today’s psalm reminds us that we were created by God. God knows everything about us – our strengths and our weaknesses. God was with each of us when we were born. No matter what we look like, who we are related to, or what we struggle with, God is present. We belong to God in ways that we can’t always understand. But, we do know that we are not alone, because our creator is with us. And, God wants us to discover what God already knows – that we are uniquely created for a purpose. I like the way Parker Palmer talks about our purpose as authentic selves when he writes: we are here to be a gift God created.
You may be wondering how to begin to experience yourself as a gift. I have found Centering prayer to be one way. Sitting in silence twice a day, one consents to rest in God. This helps many people to discover more about themselves and the God who created them. And, the more confident a person becomes about their worthiness to God, the more useful they become in reaching out to help others. It is possible to have a deeper compassion for the homeless person, the prisoner, the widow and the orphan, those on the margins of life whom God has also created, when you accept who God has created you to be.
Every life has value. Too many people haven’t experienced what it is like to be cherished by God. One writer has described God as inescapable. I like that. There is nowhere any of us can go to get away from God. What a wonderful gift we have been given! What a wonderful gift we can share!
Prayer: O LORD, where can we go from your spirit? Where can we flee from your presence? We give thanks that you are as high as the heavens and deep as the sea. We give thanks that nothing can separate us from your love or your presence with us. Even when we feel you are far away, you are still here. We give thanks for all you have done for us. Help us to live as your people – uniquely made and loved by you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[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].