"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

10/19/09

Monday Manna - What Man Is

Welcome to Monday Manna. The purpose of this meme is to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. On the first and third Monday of each month, anyone who wishes can post their thoughts on a verse I introduced at my blog the Thursday before. It doesn't have to be a long post -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional.

Anyone is welcome to participate. Just put a link to your Monday Manna blog entry in the MckLinky gadget below, and check out others' thoughts.

This Monday's verse is a well-known one, and, at least in my opinion, very thought-provoking.
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? Psalm 8:3-4
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts--link up below, and read others' ponderings. Mine are below.

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I am often captivated and awed by the beauty of God's creation. There is nothing man-made that is as beautiful as what the Lord has made. No artist can create a canvas as beautiful as a sunrise or a sunset.

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The lovely colors and design of a forest or jungle, a field of wildflowers, or the cloud formations against the blue sky can take my breath away. And don't even mention the beauty of a cloudless night, staring into scores of stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies.

God is an incredible artist and creator. Yet, no matter how gorgeous and awe-inspiring these aspects of nature are, to the Lord, they are second to another of his creations.
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Does that blow you away as much as it does me? To the Lord, we are the most lovely and beautiful of His creations. We are the only of His creations that is "fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:14) We are his crowning achievement. It is us the Lord has put in charge of all of His creation (Psalm 8:6-8)--all these same amazing things we are looking at with awe.

Yes, we are all sinners. Without Christ, we can never be worthy of God's attention. Yet, His love for us is infinite, and to Him, we are His most precious creation.

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Thanks for reading! Don't forget to link up below, and read other folks' thoughts on these verses.




10 comments:

  1. I feel so EMPOWERED after reading your post, Joanne! Not to mention pretty doggone special. :)
    Thank you my sister,
    Cat

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  2. I love the way you wrote that, Joanne. Your description of God's creation is so inspiring, and then to remind us that God treasures us above all of that!

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  3. Thanks for choosing this Scripture. It's good for us to be reminded of this often.

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  4. What awesome thoughts for this Monday, Jo. Thank you for getting us in the Word to prepare for Monday Manna.

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  5. Thanks for choosing this verse, Joanne. It's a good one to meditate upon. I loved reading your thoughts, and enjoyed the pictures as well, especially the one of the puffy clouds in a blue sky. But knowing that we are His masterpiece is truly amazing!

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  6. Those are among my favorite verses of scripture. It's both humbling and challenging to know God thinks of us as such. Thanks for this, Joanne!

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  7. It has been a good verse to ponder all weekend and it fit so well with my Sunday School lesson I taught too.

    Good words, Jo, Thank you.

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  8. Jo, thank you - again - for choosing this verse. You DID force me to dig deeper and I am so grateful.

    Love ya,
    Teresa

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  9. Joanne -- God is amazing! I had blogged on this same verse on Friday.. so I linked to it here.

    How much He loves us is beyond our comprehension..

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  10. It is so amazing that His love is infinite! Unfathomable.

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