-Pastor Melissa Fain-
12 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Luke 14:12-14 NRSV
Did you know there is no one else exactly like you? More than that, no one has ever been, or ever will be exactly like you. You are unique. God loves you and created you in your uniqueness.
You were not created to be like your co-worker or classmate. Could you imagine?! What kind of world would that be if we were all exactly the same?! Only some of the things would get done because everyone would have the same talents. We are often drawn to people who are different than us, because two different people can work off their strengths and weaknesses. If everyone were the same, we’d never make each other better. That sort of sameness would be like trying to build a Lego car, but all you have are wheels. It just wouldn’t work.
Yes, we are unique. All of us. If we are all unique, that means our classmate, our neighbor, everyone is unique. Everyone has something that makes them special. Everyone deserves an opportunity to be part of the group in their uniqueness.
God wants us all to be part of the party. God wants us all to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Yes, that includes you; special, unique you!
Question: How are you special and unique?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for making each and every one of us. May all of us see, in our uniqueness, we are invited to be part of God’s party. Amen.
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