Is it hard enough to believe that we are created in God’s image, let alone to reflect that image in all we say and do? Yet Jesus did exactly this. Jesus made time in his life for children, social outcasts, strangers, and sinners.
In Jesus, we confess that we see the image of God quite clearly. We see someone who was strong and loving, just and merciful, brave and vulnerable. We see someone who was tenaciously himself, and yet who gave himself away again and again. And we see someone who felt confident that who he was and what he did reflects the God who created and sustained him.
This message is adapted from “Made in God’s Image” by David Engelstad and Catherine Malotky in the September 1999 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine. Today we celebrate All Saints Day and end Daylight Saving Time. On this 21st Sunday after Pentecost, we also honor those people who have adopted children with National Adoption Awareness Month.