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Celebrating Differences

Today’s Reflection

Thick, thin, black, white—
You are beautiful
All different, but completely the same
Made in God’s image
Made by God, made like God
Sculpted by God’s miraculous hands
Tall, short, brunette, blonde—
None of it matters because we are
made in God’s image
made by God’s love
reflected not by our bodies
but by our hearts.

– Margaret Ridge, age 15

devozine, January/Feb 2013

From page 31 of devozine, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens, January/February 2013. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Affirm someone whose appearance is significantly different from yours. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”
Luke 9:35, NRSV

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

Did You Know?

Happy 75th anniversary, El Aposento Alto!
This year, the Spanish language edition of El Aposento Alto celebrates its 75th anniversary. Congratulate the editors and the community in the comment section on the web: http://elaposentoalto.upperroom.org/es

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember Rabanus Maurus (January 30).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller February 10, 2013, 4:58 am

    Lord I pray for those who don’t know you yet, for those who have glimpses, for those whose faith is starting to take hold. May everyone know you, trust you, believe in you and thank you for your faithfulness, grace and love. As Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing, but with me you can do everything.” Especially I pray for Daryl, Logan, and Willa who don’t know you, and Jenny, Chris, and Erich who have had very big glimpses of you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 12, 2013, 6:05 pm

    Father God, thank you for creating different types of people in this world. Life is much more interesting and enriching because of it. Help us to include and love people who are different from us just as you do.

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