WE ALL NEED to know our identity as the children of God and be assured of God’s love for us. There’s no more poignant example of the need for this assurance in our lives than that of Sister Helen Prejean’s experiences with several men that she visited over the years on Louisiana’s death row.
One of her inmates, Robert Willie, was about to go to his death. She was his spiritual counselor, and as she was sitting with him in his last hours, she was at a loss for words. All she could think to say at one point was, “You are a child of God.”
This hardened, heinous criminal looked up at her with surprise in his eyes. He said, “Ain’t nobody ever called me a son of God before.” He smiled and sadly said that he’d been called a lot of things before, “but never no son of God.” No, not every one of us is the son of God as Jesus was, but we’re all children of God—the sons and daughters of God.
Imagine if we treated every child as a child of God. Could it make the difference in the way in which a child views himself? Could it remind each child of the best within herself rather than the worst?
O Parent of all your sons and daughters, thank you for your beloved son, Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection make it possible for us to be your children. When I meet a child today, help me to speak and act as your child toward one of your children. Amen.
– Sally Dyck
From “Inspiration and the Glimmer of Glory” by Sally Dyck (reading for February 13, 2010), page 56 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2010: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book, or join the conversation at http://books.upperroom.org/blog
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…you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name.
Deuteronomy 26:2, NRSV
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