Think of a loved one.
Think about how precious they are to you.
How much you ache when something happens to them or they become unwell.
Each and every person on this planet is just as precious. Only, the sheer scale of numbers makes it difficult for us to comprehend. But, what if we all tried our best to live into this reality? Would we be able to wage war again? Would we continue to demand cheap goods at the price of workers? Would we ignore the homeless on our streets?
God of all,
We are all precious in your sight,
All worthy of love and compassion,
justice and sacrifice;
We are all precious:
It is a truth we hear time and again in Scripture,
Yet it is a truth we ignore,
For we think it reduces our special-ness,
and we don’t like that.
Help us to hear the truth, loving God,
In a way that seeps into our very souls,
For we have the potential to live into this reality—
In the power of the Holy Spirit,
By the example of Christ Jesus—
May this potential come alive in your sight,
And may your kingdom come
On earth as it is in heaven, Amen.
12 For he delivers the needy when they call,
the poor and those who have no helper.
13 He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of the needy.
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life;
and precious is their blood in his sight.