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January 29, 2021

“Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.” Psalm 111:2

Greta is wearing a shirt today of her own creation. She designed and cut the pattern, bought the different fabrics, and made a shirt. Collar and cuffs and all. Because she’s eleven years old, she told me that I could not, under any circumstances, share a picture of the shirt. You’ll be shocked to learn that I’ve never made a shirt. I’ve ruined a number of shirts in a surprising number of different ways, but I’ve never made one. I look at Greta and I marvel.

Of course, not all the works of our hands turn out well. We dare not judge people solely on the basis of what they create. We can, however, judge people on the basis of who created them. Each person you meet today is the Lord’s handiwork, as are the stars and the seas and the salamanders. To see the works of the Lord is to marvel at God’s creative goodness; to know that the people around you are God’s works is reason enough to delight in each relationship.

Take a look around today and see what God has done. Remember that, in the face of our breaking God’s work and world, the Son was sent to save us. God, knit into human flesh by the power of the Spirit in Mary’s womb, has come to redeem you and this the whole world. In Christ are we remade. Amazing.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God, in the midst of everything we stop to praise your name. Great are the works of your hands! Great is your salvation! Thank you, Lord, for making me. Help me to care for creation and delight in my neighbor. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: In lieu of Greta and her creation, I give you this guy. He delights in God’s creation!

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