I See God in You

February 3, 2013

Today’s Reflection

WHAT A PRIVILEGE for us to bear a resemblance to our heavenly father. God wanted to create human beings with hearts and minds like God’s, capable of thoughts and feeligns like God’s. However, as I go through my everyday life, I forget that the people I meet are made by God and for God, that people are sacred because they bear the image of God.

My trip to Haiti with New Reality International brought to the forefront of my mind the idea that all people bear the image of God. …

On a trip shortly after the earthquake, I befriended a little boy with a big smile. He was dirt poor and limping from a recent injury. At first, I felt sorry for him; but as I spent more time with him, I saw God in this little boy. I saw God’s spirit in his loving attitude, despite his circumstances. I saw God’s grace in the way he raised his little hands to worship while enduring physical pain. I saw God’s promise in his beautiful eyes, filled with hope. I keep in my heart an image of the little boy. I learned from him that cricumstances, poeverty, physical disabilities, and injuries can’t put out the light of God in people.

Now as I go to the grocery store, the movies, or the park, I search for God in the faces of everyone I see. Every single person is created by God and bears the mark of God’s handiwork. …

Now I understand that seeing the image of God in others is at the core of being a true follower of Christ. God created each of us with care. I’m sure God is pleased when we recognize and treat one another as God’s valuable creations. God created human beings in God’s image. We have the privilege of interacting with God through everyone we meet.

- Lara Landon
devozine, January/Feb 2013

From “I See God in You” by Lara Landon, pages 37-38 in devozine, January-February 2013, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Lara Landon is a singer and songwriter who has written a song titled “I See God in You.” To listen to this song, visit the magazine website at www.devozine.org. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Is God revealed through someone you have met? Tell him or her. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.”
Luke 4:24, NRSV

This Week: pray for people seeking employment. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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robert moeller February 3, 2013 at 6:03 am

Yes, I agree God is revealed in every human being just as God is revealed in all of nature. Lord help us to see you in everyone.

I pray that jobs will be found by everyone looking for a job. With God’s wisdom and guidance they will be the right job for each person. Thank you Lord for being our companion along the way that leads to you.

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Connie February 3, 2013 at 6:33 am

And thank you, Robert, for your faithfulness.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling February 3, 2013 at 7:10 am

Thank you God for creating us in Your image. Thank you for the people who reflect your loving kindness.

Father God, I pray for people who are looking for jobs. May you bless them with jobs that they can use their talents so that they can shine and glorify you.

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Larry Eugene Dyer February 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm

As we live the reality that our very lives are a special gift to us from God, we begin to be open to the special gift God has given to us in each other human being. As we go about living the will of God each encounter with another human being is in reality a continuing conversation with God. Praise God. Amen.

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Michael Ulmen February 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I see small parts of GOD in nearly everyone I meet, but The problem I constantly run into in places Christians meet is that there is almost some kind of nasty game going to try to make the other people in The group feel badly about themselves. Then some really vicious ego trip start happening, and some people feel that they are inferior to the “Great People” with the, “right Talents!.”

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