Reflection from Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Richard Hanna
One of my favorite scripture passages is Ephesians 2:10. As the New Living Translation declares, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”
Have you ever felt like a masterpiece? Have you ever felt like a beautiful piece of art? It might not be our first thought when we look in the mirror (it’s easy to be hard on ourselves). It might not be how we feel when we go see the doctor, or when we just don’t feel as good as we used to, or as we become more and more aware of our changing seasons of life and the realities of getting older. But, nevertheless, in God’s eyes, we are still His masterpiece, His magnificent creation of beauty, wisdom, love, talents and gifts. And God has put us here on this earth to do good things and to use all He has blessed us with to make our world a better place.
At Kirkwood, we try to celebrate that affirmation of our faith every day. Through projects and programs, through Bible studies and worship services, through fun and fellowship. Every day, we look for opportunities to live as God’s masterpieces.
Yes, Handel has his Messiah. Michelangelo has his Sistine Chapel. Mark Twain has his “Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Those are their masterpieces. And God has us!
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Let us never forget that truth, so that we can make the most of every moment as God has created us and called us to live.