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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Dalziel

You and Me (18-04-2023)

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28)


When I look at 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, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour. (Psalm 8:3-6)


I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host. (Isaiah 45:12)


Thought

Do you consider yourself to be part of a minority and if so does it bother you? Most of us, if we think about it for a little while, are a part of one minority or another. I belong to quite a few minority groups. I have three brothers and no sisters, I am a female who has a degree in mathematics, I live in a village as opposed to a town or city, I listen to classical music and I drive a blue car, all of these are examples of some of the minority groups that I belong to.


But the minority group that can cause me difficulty from time to time is that I am left-handed. In the past children would not have been allowed to be left-handed and were forced to use their less dominant right hand. Today it is considered much more acceptable but it does sometimes still feel as if designers cater for the right-handed majority and leave the left-handed minority to fend for themselves. Let me give you a couple of examples of what I mean. My computer keyboard is designed so that my right hand controls more of the keys than my left hand. As a child I played a brass instrument, a cornet, and had to use my right hand to operate the valves not my left. I am so used to using right-handed scissors that I struggle when using left-handed ones. If mugs have a design on them, it is often on the side that I don’t see when I am using it, as I hold my mug in the other hand.


Being left-handed is a part of who I am, as is all the other minority groups that I belong to. However, the most incredible minority group that I belong to, is me. I am completely unique, there is no one else just like me, I am in a minority group of one. There are over 8 billion people on this planet and yet we are all unique. What is the most wonderful part of this is that God knows who each one of us is, he knows each one of us by name. Each one of us is not a minority group that can be ignored, but each one of us is precious to him and each one of us is loved by him.


So if you find yourself in a minority group, remember that God loves you just as you are, however tall, short, right-handed or left-handed you may be.


Prayer

Creator God, thank you for loving me, just how I am.

Amen




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