Pastor's Newsletter Article July 2017


Genesis 1:26-31

26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

27 So God created humankind in his image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29 God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Greetings Marshall and Little Cedar Lutheran Churches!!

                            

They say that we are connected to all people in the world by only 6 degrees of separation. In other words, the idea is that anyone in the planet can be connected to anyone else in the planet through just 5 other people. I’m not sure if this is true or not, but it seems plausible, especially with the how much modern technology has connected us. At the very least, I think we can admit that the world is a lot smaller than what it seems.

 

I find that our vast connectedness brings great emphasis to our common humanity. We are bound to each other in such a way that we can’t comprehend. Think about that for a moment. Each person is made unique, yet each person across the world is created in the image of God.

 

As the creation story says, “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” It doesn’t say that only some of humankind were made in God’s image. It doesn’t say that some were made with a greater image of God than others. Instead, each and every person is made in the full-fledged image of God.

 

I think it can be easy for us to forget that we are in this together. In a dog-eat-dog world it can be easy to feel that we are alone. It can be easy to worry only about ourselves. It can be easy to tear down others, in order to build up ourselves. May we instead remember our shared humanity, made in the image of God; worthy of love. And then heed the advice of 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

 

Peace, Pr. Jeremy

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