Welcome to a new week! A new week of LIFE! How exciting! Sure beats a new week of Death, doesn’t it! This week you will be hearing from me as well as some of my family members and every day we will be writing about a different psalm. Today – I am starting with a most beautiful Psalm – 139. It has so many great verses I won’t have time to touch on. You really must read it all for yourself – maybe even a couple times today – and at BibleGateway.com you can have it read to you, too. (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+139&version=NIV)
As a crafter I love to create! I love selecting materials and colors and textures that I want to work with. I love planning and then watching my project grow and grow and grow until it becomes what I had once just envisioned in my head (or at least something close to what I had dreamed up). My grandma taught me how to knit when I was in high school and I am so thankful for the hours I have relaxed while clinking the needles together to make something useful and (sometimes even) beautiful. And so I love the imagery of Psalm 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
As a creator there is nothing like that feeling you get while gazing upon a completed work. Remembering when it was nothing. Remembering the process and time it took to create it to be just so. And then, being able to share it – use it – give it away – enjoy it. Makes me want to drop my computer and run to my knitting needles! So too, I believe God gets great pleasure out of creating – knitting new life and continuing to mold and shape it into what He wants it to be.
Unfortunately, there are also so many things that mess with those beautiful creations. Just like a pair of scissors will quickly destroy the hours of work to create a beautiful sweater, so too, sin wreaks havoc on the beauty of life. An unkind word, a superior attitude is like a slash with a permanent marker against a beautiful piece of art. When we view each person as a work of art created by God, we have a greater responsibility for not letting our own (or society’s) sins stain and destroy that creation.
I recently read about one pastor who said he hated Sanctity of Life Sunday. (https://www.russellmoore.com/2009/01/18/why-i-hate-sanctity-of-human-life-sunday/) . He went on to explain that it wasn’t because he didn’t think it was Biblical, or because he didn’t agree with it – but because we live in a world where it is needed. He said, “I hate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday because I’m reminded that we have to say things to one another that human beings shouldn’t have to say. Mothers shouldn’t kill their children. Fathers shouldn’t abandon their babies. No human life is worthless, regardless of skin color, age, disability, economic status. The very fact that these things must be proclaimed is a reminder of the horrors of this present darkness.” (Russell Moore).
So true. So true.
Each day – may we strive to remember the Creator who gives life and work to honor His creations. May we see each and every person – all races, all ages, all colors, all abilities, with a home, without a home, born, unborn as the special creation of God they are – lovingly knit together with a purpose. May we put away the scissors and sin that cut down life and leave gaping holes – and even death. May we find the words and attitudes and actions to value life – not just our own – but others too.
I encourage you to work on memorizing the last verse of Psalm 139 this week. “See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Make it your prayer this week and beyond.
Looking forward to our week together,