The Creation of Adam
By Michelangelo 1508-12
“The Sistine Chapel is precisely—if one may say so—the sanctuary of the theology of the human body. In witnessing to the beauty of man created by God as male and female, it also expresses in a certain way the hope of a world transfigured...in the context of the light that comes from God, the human body also keeps its splendor and its dignity.”
(Celebration of the Unveiling of the Restorations of Michelangelo’s Frescos in the Sistine Chapel: homily of His Holiness John Paul II, 4/8/1994)
It is bathing suit season and before you look in the mirror and say “UGH” think about what God said when God created your body and all other bodies. “God
created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them. God saw
everything he had made: it was supremely good.” Genesis 1:27 & 31.
No matter our size, color, shape, or age we were created by God who said, “it was supremely good. A friend recently posted this on facebook, “Even if our bodies may not be what they once were, they carry our souls, our courage, and our strength.” Take time this week to appreciate your body, thank God for it, and ask God how you might use it in service to her.
Praying the Psalms
“It is not that every sentiment expressed by a psalmist is admirable, but that in praying the Psalms, we confront ourselves as we really are. The Psalms are a reality check to keep
prayer from becoming sentimental, superficial, or detached from the real world.”
― Richard H. Schmidt
As you pray the Psalms this week let them confront, challenge, and engage you. What might God be sharing with you through what you read? You can read the Psalms at www.biblegateway.com.
Praying the Psalms
Every day we are showered with information. Some of it we don’t need, some of it we use and dismiss, and some of it can prove helpful for the present and future (the long haul.) Reading a devotion each day can provide for the present and the future. It can ground us in faith and help us grow as followers of Christ. It can challenge, enlighten, and provide encouragement for our life. You might consider reading this brief (two minutes tops) devotion from the UCC.