Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God for all that love has done;

Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.

William B. Abernathy, the Doxology (adapted 1995)

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You’ve made them only slightly less than divine, crowning them with glory and grandeur. You’ve let them rule over your handiwork, putting everything under their feet— all sheep and all cattle, the wild animals too, the birds in the sky, the fish of the ocean, everything that travels the pathways of the sea. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!

Psalm 8:5-9

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This week, we’ve established that God made us in God’s image and gave us the responsibility of continuing God’s creative work. In fact, God made us in such a way that gives us the ability to think, empathize, and discern.

This psalm says that God made us “slightly less than divine.” We’ve been created to care for one another and all of creation. So how do we do that? We could list a hundred ways, and people could debate 101 of them, but this Psalm lays it out just as Jesus does. Love God with all your heart, mind, and body through upholding your responsibility to love God's creation as you love yourself. Use your “slightly less than divine” heart, mind, and body to respond to the needs around you, or to stand up for justice for those who are struggling. Reflect the love shown to you by God.

The world began with God’s glorious movement, and each day we live, we can glorify God by seeking after God, following in Jesus’ footsteps and listening to the Holy Presence.

Chris Wondree

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Creator God, Teacher Jesus, Holy Presence, give me a heart to understand the needs of creation. Give me the mind to think of ways to provide help. Give me a body that moves in response to the understanding of my heart and the discernment of my mind. Amen.

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Go now, knowing the God of Creation, Savior of all people and Divine Presence, goes before you to where you’re headed, stays behind with the things you leave, walks alongside you every step of the way, and works within you to redeem what you believe to be broken.

Chris Wondree

Rev. Chris Wondree is the Student Pastor at Bon Air Baptist Church in Virginia.

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