"Part of growing up to be like Christ is seeing people as they really are. I think people really are a miracle. I think the world is completely populated w/miracles--everyone who is alive is a miracle----and everyone should be treated that way...that we should all respect one another and we should all, in fact, have a sort of reverence for each other that we sometimes don't have."
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I think so, too.
What about the cashier at Dollar General, the nightly news anchor, the President, or our tax preparer? A few weeks ago I was at the funeral of a very young man and felt the truly indescribable pain that just the idea of not having him in the world gave to his family and friends. Even I felt the loss with tears and I did not really know him. He was a miracle and everyone in the room sat in silent reverence of this knowledge.
I was reading a book recently and the author had been arrested, imprisoned for many years, abused, and tortured in prison because of his faith in Jesus. He shared of his love for his abusers and his deep desire to see them free of the guilt of their crimes. This seems like seeing into another realm.......like climbing onto the LOrd's lap and glimpsing people through His lenses. I think He must always want to give us the view from his lap; seeing others with the wonder that He created in us, the potential that we have beyond our sin, and who He wants us to be.
No matter our resume' of wrong doing, no matter our current state, or what we think of ourselves, our neighbors, and friends. We cannot wipe clean His smudgy fingerprints from our beings...He who made us has left His prints on us, and made us miraculous.