Read: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
I don’t know if it is because I work in the construction industry or because I am a great believer in repurposing and reusing, but I have always liked this scripture. Like many scriptures and stories throughout the Bible, it says to me that we often do not recognize God’s plan. Throughout the scriptures, we read stories of unlikely “heroes” and “sheroes”. So many of the people God uses - Moses, Joseph, David, Ruth and Naomi, Mary, even Jesus - are people who are not in the upper echelons of society. They don’t have great wealth or connections. They are young, scared, sinners, poor, or have handicaps such that most people of their time would have counted them as nothing. But God see differently than we do. Where we see thrown-away people, God sees builders of the kingdom.
Dear God, help is to see others - and ourselves - through your eyes. As Jesus taught is, help us to always recognize the worth of every one of your children, regardless of the status our society places upon them.