Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday Family Devotion - Our Identity

Scripture Reading - Psalm 8

O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!
       You have set your glory
       above the heavens.

From the lips of children and infants
       you have ordained praise

       because of your enemies,
       to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens,
       the work of your fingers,
       the moon and the stars,
       which you have set in place,

what is man that you are mindful of him,
       the son of man that you care for him?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
       and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
       you put everything under his feet:

all flocks and herds,
       and the beasts of the field,

the birds of the air,
       and the fish of the sea,
       all that swim the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Thought of the Day
Psalm 8 reminds us that we have been an extraordinary gift from God. Our identity is because of God and God chose to make us in his image. He chose for us to be children of God. We are not like the animals or the plants around us. Each one of us is unique and special because God has made us who we are. We have done nothing to deserve it; instead it is a free gift to us! The same God that made the stars in the sky and the mountains and the trees made us just as we are.

Discussion questions
1. What makes you exactly who you are?

2. What are some gifts that God has given you?

3. Why do you think God gave us all these gifts?

Great God,
Thank you for making us exactly who we are. Each one of us is different but each one of us is special in your eyes. You have given us great gifts, but the best gift of all is that we are one of your children. We know that you love us just as we are. AMEN.

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