Say God took a picture of this entire row of people. If God took a picture of this entire
row of people, God would look at it and say (…) i
s beautiful. I loveEven if someone was not smiling; even if someone had a crazy expression; even if someone was trying to mess up the picture. God would say you all are beautiful.Imagine if God took a picture of everyone in worship on April 21, 2013
. Let’s try that.
Everyone stand. Imagine if God took a picture of all of us.
If God took a picture of us God would look at the picture and say, “you at Chain of Lakesare beautiful. I love you.” Even if someone is frowning; even if someone is havi
ng a bad day;even if someone just had a fight with their family on the way to worship today. God looks at us
and says “you are beautiful; I love you.”
In the story of the creation God created humans on the six days. I imagine God sittingwith the heavenly court at the end of the 6
day. I imagine God commenting on the work thathad been done that day. I can imagine God saying to the heavenly court. Those humans are verygood. They are beautiful and I will always love them.God sees us as beautiful
; God loves us. That is God’s picture of us.
To carry this picture that God has of us with us should give us tremendous freedom. To
have the author of the universe look at us and say, “you are beautiful, I love you. There’s
nothing you can do to remove
yourself from my love.”
However I don’t think this is the image that many people have of God’s picture of us
especially don’t think that this is the image that people who don’t attend church have of God’s
picture of us. Recently I was talking to a woman who was sharing a conversation she had with
her brother. This woman’s brother doesn’t attend church though he does believe in God. This
man has had some challen
ging events happen to him. He asked the woman, “Is God punishing