June 13, 2017


By: Deborah Markowitz Solan [Cuyahoga Falls, OH]

I am a substitute teacher at a high school.

Recently, I had written my name, “Mrs. Solan,” on the board but didn’t notice until later that a ninth grade student had added “is awesome.” I was touched.

Jesus said, . . . “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.”
Mark 10:18 (NRSV)

I was also reminded of Jesus’ saying that no one but God is good. Jesus calls us to live and to love as he did, to pursue goodness and mercy with everything in us. But we cannot do so without God’s help. First John 4:19 (CEV) says, “We love because God loved us first.”

When we deeply experience the love and goodness of God, we want to share it with others. At first, we learn to love by doing simple things: holding the door, greeting someone with a smile, responding to someone in need. Later, we learn to forgive, to love ourselves, to allow God into our deepest hurts in order to heal us; and through God’s love, we learn to give the same grace to others.

Am I awesome? Yes! But only because Jesus lives within me.

The ordinary and the sacred
live together in contrast
until the line dividing them
dissolves to show they are one.
The God of the spirit
courses through creation
weaving them together
without division.

Richard Woodard [Washington, D.C.]


Who in your life reflects the image of God? How do you think others see God in you?


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