a-Lenten-prayer-a-day, day 23, Monday, March 27, 2017

my-hands-2-27-17Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, I write a prayer for each of the forty days of Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, truly, relating to a care or concern weighing on my mind and heart, at times, vexing my soul and spirit…

The Creation of Eve (1508-1512), Michelangelo (1475-1564)

On imago Dei: O Precious Lord, You created humankind in Your image.[1] Yea, an eternity of human contemplating canst ne’er reveal all that this means. Yet three things I believe I know. You are wholly Holy, utterly “Other” than I. Thus, I canst ne’er comprehend the fullness of the Sovereign Majesty and the Sacred Mystery of the workings of Your Mind.[2] Thus, I, to have even a thought of You, must have mine imago Dei – mine own image, mine own creation of You. O Precious Lord, by the Illumination of Your Holy Spirit, unceasingly unveil unto me the difference that I may seek You aright. Amen.

 

Illustration: The Creation of Eve (1508-1512), Michelangelo (1475-1564)

Footnotes:

[1] See Genesis 1.26a, 27: God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness”…So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

[2] See Isaiah 55.8-9: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

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2 thoughts on “a-Lenten-prayer-a-day, day 23, Monday, March 27, 2017

  1. Paul,

    Many years ago in Lent, I tried to come up with my own image of God. I can’t draw, so doing a rendition myself wasn’t going to work! So instead I started to look at images too and that didn’t work all that well either, unless it was incredible scenery that reminded me of everything God created.

    As of late, I’ve been looking for God in all of the people I meet along my travels, almost all of whom are vastly different from me. I look at how they love and care for others, and for themselves. I look at how they serve others and treat others, especially their enemies. This allows me to strive more easily to live as God wants us to do. I can even see a little of God in people who are mean, because it reminds me to forgive as God would do.

    Thank you for this prayer.

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    • Loretta, I have come to believe that it’s not possible for a human – and certainly this human! – to have a conception or image of God that is not limited by our less than comprehensive understanding of God (or of anything!).

      That said, I admire and appreciate the directions your envisioning have taken you in looking for God: “…in all of the people I meet along my travels, almost all of whom are vastly different from me…at how they love and care for others, and for themselves…at how they serve others and treat others, especially their enemies…I can even see a little of God in people who are mean, because it reminds me to forgive as God would do.”

      Beautiful!

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