Our looks, social status, personal and professional achievements, Twitter retweets and Facebook likes do not determine our value. Our mistakes, failures and struggles do not deem us undeserving of love.
As children of God, claimed and chosen, we are beloved and worthy of God’s unconditional love! In Genesis we are reminded that God created us good and in God’s imagine, and in Psalm 139, we see that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
We are good. We are worthy. We are wonderful. We are beautiful just the way we are. We are beloved children of God. And no kid at the lunch table, colleague at work, magazine article, music video, politician, popular religious leader can take that away from us.
Today is Monday in Holy Week. The readings are Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11. We remember Thomas Cranmer, bishop of Canterbury, martyr, died 1556. This message was adapted from “Faith reflections: Beloved and wonderfully made” written by Emily Heitzman in the February 2016 issue of Cafe.