Date: Monday, December 16
Scripture: Psalm 8
Verse: what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:4-5)
One of the frustrating things about this time of year is all the people. You go to Walmart, and there’s a long line (why do they have all of those cash registers, and only open 5 of them?). You try to drive down Academy and the traffic is crazy because everyone is trying to get to the mall or some other sale, not to mention some of the inconsiderate goof-balls driving selfishly through the I25 construction zone you had to deal with on your way there. People are embarrassing at Christmas office parties, the parents at school are crazy, the kids are over-the-top excited and hyperactive. The whole thing can make one pretty cynical regarding the human race. As I once heard someone say, “People! They’re the worst!”
But then you get to hold a baby in your arms, and you experience a moment of connection, communication on a beyond-conscious level. Or when you finally get to the front of the long Walmart line, the person working so hard to keep it moving is cheerful and you have a moment of sheer joy. Or you go to Serrano’s with a friend to share a holiday latte, and end up having a conversation so deep you see something in their eyes you hadn’t seen before. Then you are ready to exclaim, “People! They’re the best!”
Which is it? Who are we? Are we the best or the worst? Are we good or bad? The poet who wrote today’s scripture seems to have the same question. On the one hand, he asks why God would care about human beings – messed up, sinful, and broken creatures that we are. Then the next line offers a counter, reminding us we have been created to be “a little lower than God.” God has entrusted us with the earth he created, including one another.
Maybe you have days when you feel invisible to God. You wonder if he really cares for you or even notices you. Maybe like the psalmist you wonder with all God has to do to keep the universe in order, “Who am I?” that he would even give me a second thought. Flawed, broken, sinful, and selfish though you may be, God thinks highly of you – and that person that cut you off in traffic yesterday.
Prayer: Remind me, O God, that you created me in your image to reflect your nature to the world. Amen.
Action: Spend time this week assuming the best in the people you encounter.
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