Monday | December 10
Joel 2:28-29 / 1 Peter 2:9-10 I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. / But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
We were created in God’s image. God chose to imprint his image on humanity and, even in our brokenness, we display refractions of His glory in the world. In His mercy, God has poured out his Spirit on all people and has made us into a royal priesthood. However, we often neglect to recognize God’s image in the people around us. We exalt some while minimizing others. Lord, we confess our tendency to construct You in our image, rather than recognizing Your image in our neighbors.
Art: Collection of Stained Glass Works by Kehinde Wiley (Today visual art has been chosen over song because of the emphasis on visually seeing the image of God in men & women.)