Read Psalm 8:3-9

“You are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.”

—Galatians 4:7 (NRSV)

An old and somewhat rare coin fascinated me, so I bought it. The value of the coin was stamped on it—50 cents. But to a collector or a hobbyist, that coin is worth far more than that. The coin has two values—the value that the government stamped on it and the value that a collector might pay for it.

It seems to me that it is the same way with people. We may feel that society gives us a value based on our social status, income level or appearance. But God values us as beloved children for whom Jesus Christ lived, died, and was raised again. God is the supreme collector who seeks to gather all of us into the kingdom of compassion, peace, and justice. When we accept and treat others as people of intrinsic worth who are endowed with dignity, the kingdom of God draws a bit closer. The lives of others are blessed and, by the grace of God, so is ours.

Thought for the Day—I am worth more to God than I can imagine.

Prayer— Help us, Holy One, to see the worth and dignity in everyone we meet, remembering that we are all your beloved children. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.

Philip Rice, Michigan

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