Psalm 8: 4-8
What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
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I had a conversation with a drug dealer after he had been released from prison. It hadn't been his first incarceration, but he was about to finish certification for a trade - already had a job lined up that would offer him a different path. He also understood the pull of dealing drugs. He understood the business. He had contacts. He knew the risks. He knew he could survive prison and the money was good. Without fear of punishment or sense of personal guilt, what was sending this person to consider a path of much longer days, harder work, and lesser money? It does not happen for everyone, but for him, it started to sink into his head and his heart that he was loved - he knew he didn't deserve it but he was loved. He had a wife now and a child. People who he loved who loved him. He felt for the first time - his own vulnerability to sin - a temptation of risk and power but now knowing the joy and the responsibility of love. A little lower than God, crowned with glory and being given dominion is as good as it gets. To desire more glory and less responsibility sends us on a path of destruction and into a prison of our own making.
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For a life of responsibility and the privilege of love, we give you all the glory, Lord. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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