Sunday, 5 March 2017

The image of God

Matthew 4:1-2
The Temptation of Jesus
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.

Still the tempter comes
on the days when we are hungry
Hungry for rest
Hungry for affirmation
On the days when we've lost sight
of the One in whose image we are created
Still the tempter comes
whispering lies
sowing doubt
stealing joy
obscuring the truth of our identity
as beloved children of God
in whom the divine spark of the Creator
was planted before birth.
Still the tempter comes
to push that truth away
and render us needy
setting us at odds with one another
out of touch with the wonder
that resides in our core
- that we are fearfully and wonderfully made
by the God whose image dwells in us
by the God whose love for us knows no bounds
by the God who invites us to claim our birthright
as beloved - created in the image of God.
Still the tempter comes...

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