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FROM THE PASTOR:

Greetings!

Genesis 1:27 & 31 tell us “ So God created humankind in his image, in the
image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 31 God
saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good….” (Gen
1:27,31, NRSV)

We are all created in God’s image, and loved entirely by God. And not only
all of us, but all of creation, even those bugs with a million legs, are created
by God, and called very good by God.

As we grow in Christ throughout our lives, we may find that we increasingly
place more value on kindness, forgiveness, connection, and relationship. We
may find ourselves growing in gratitude, forgiveness, and acceptance of
others, and of our circumstances whatever they are.
 
Because we’re human, we also sometimes make mistakes, bad decisions, and
even choose wrong on purpose.
 
Since we all have weaknesses, and fall short, why is it so easy for us to point
a finger at another person’s issues, or mistakes, or the differences between
us? Doesn’t it make more sense for us to look at all that we have in
common, all that we share, and those things that connect us as family and
community?
 
In Romans 14:19 Paul writes, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what
leads to peace and to mutual edification.” (Romans 14:19, NRSV)
We can know who we are, and what we believe, and still love and respect
others who don’t share some, or most, or any, of our beliefs. We can seek to
accept one another in mutual understanding, which allows us to be different
and yet, form relationships and be able to care for one another and work
together.
 
In many areas of life, we may find ourselves on opposite sides of any number
of issues with even friends and family members. There’s a lot of division and
finger pointing in the world right now, with a lot of us counting up the ways
we are different. That makes now an important time to ask ourselves what
really matters. Is it our differences around one or a couple of things?
Instead of counting our differences, can we make a list of all the things we
have in common, all that we share? 
 
Can we start with the fact that we are all made in God’s image?
God created diversity in humankind and in all of creation. We have different
world views and perspectives, and that is good – it keeps balance.
As followers of Jesus the incarnate God who loves, heals, and saves, let us be
encouraged to love and practice inclusion. Let us be unified and reconciled
with one another rather than divided. Let us be who we are with confidence
and grace while allowing others to do the same. Today, let us be for one
another in the name of Christ.
 
Your Sibling in Christ,
Pastor Deb  
 
 

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