Nurturing God

Thursday, August 14

8-14By Cindy Thomas of Independence, Missouri, USA

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

—Matthew 10:29, 31 NRSV

Nahjee was 6 months old and weighed only eight pounds. We got a call to see if we would be willing to care for him. The social worker said his health status was “failure to thrive,” and he was in the hospital because his organs were beginning to shut down. She called us because she thought he would pull through with a stable, nurturing environment.

Even as foster parents, we were hesitant to take on this huge responsibility for a tiny being. But, we opened our home to Nahjee. Those first few days and weeks included doctor appointments, acknowledgment of his many delays, and much special care.

Over time, Nahjee began to stabilize, gain weight, respond to sights and sounds, and even thrive. Within a year, he was beginning to talk, walk, and reach developmental milestones. Best of all, he could return to a mother who loved him despite her own challenges.

Believing in the Worth of All Persons allowed us to look beyond Nahjee’s many needs to see a child of God. Believing that his mother deserved a second chance allowed us to nurture her, as well as her child.

God does not judge us by what we lack, but blesses us with great potential. We are all precious in God’s sight.

Prayer for Peace Nurturing God of all Earth’s children, may each one be at peace knowing you hold us in your heart, as well as in your sight. Watch us grow and thrive in your love.

Spiritual Practice: Honoring the Worth of All Persons Read Psalm 139:13–18. After each reading sit quietly and let the words sink deeply into your mind, heart, and body. Imagine God watching you grow and thrive in your mother’s womb. What thoughts and feelings do you have about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)?

Sense the intimate knowledge and love God has for you and every one. Be aware of the sacred worth of each person. Weep with God over the soul-wounding forces and events that rob people of dignity and worth. How are you invited to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will nurture your children—large or small, young or old.

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you Cindy for this. We still miss you, Steve, and Shannon. Steve— your baseball team is being too good and hurting my Tigers. I don’t like that. Cut it out OK. The Royals are Gooooooood .

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Janné Grover

     /  14 August 2014

    “God does not judge us by what we lack, but blesses us with great potential. We are all precious in God’s sight.”

    What a beautiful reminder for all of us!

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