Blessing:  God formed us in His own image.  He repeated this several times so we know that He meant us to understand this:  man was created in His image.  What an unbelievable blessing to have been created in the image of God himself! Give thanks for God himself.  God made the decision to share this world with us and we know this is so because a) he made us, b) he made us in His image, c) he breathed life into us to give us life, and d) He told us several times that we are made in His image.  Give thanks that, when we see others, sometimes we are seeing a clear reflection of God.  Give thanks that, even when the image is distorted like a late afternoon shadow, there is still some of God in each of us. Give thanks that we can see more clearly the more we look into the mirror of the Bible. : Web Hosting by Chase Computer Services From the book of GENESIS   Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness."… "So God created man in his own image, In the image of God he created him; Male and female he created them." Genesis 2:7 "then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Something about the brightness of the sun of any cloudless day will draw many outside to enjoy the experience, whether it is forty degrees or eighty degrees.  We find the experience of the bright world uplifting and exhilarating somehow.  Our co-inhabitants from other species on this earth also seem to find this to be so because we can hear all the wonderful sounds of life when we venture out to enjoy the bright of day: birds are singing, squirrels are scampering, bees are buzzing, leaves are rustling in the breeze-the world is alive.  This joy of life can be quite exhilarating to many of us. Regardless of whether is mid-morning, noon, or late afternoon, we will each cast a shadow on the opposite side of us from the sun and our shadows trailing after us on the ground will look different during each of these periods.   When the sun is at 10:00, our shadow may be very elongated; the noon shadow will be quite compressed.  Early afternoon, we may have a closer resemblance to what others see when they see us.  At all times that the sun is shining and we are in the sun, we will cast a shadow.  If we desire a more exact image of ourselves, we have to find a mirror or some other object that will reflect a more precise image.  We have to work at finding a good reflection so that we can see who we really are.   In a still pond, we might see our likeness or a bright, shiny metal may reflect our image.  Regardless, we get a good idea of what we are and how we appear to others.  We see ourselves and understand that the image is not us, but because of us.  It is separate but it a reflection because of us and this image is part of our identity. When we first understand this, then we begin to realize what a tremendous blessing God gave to those us called his children because we were made in the image of God.  We were made by God to be like God and our very ability to live comes from God.  He could have made us in the image of his favorite pet or in the image of something only He could envision but that is not what he tells us.  We were made in the image of God. What does this mean? Does this mean that we probably look like God looks in a general way?  Does it mean we will act like God acts, mimic His ways?  Does this mean that we will do what God would probably do if He faced the choices we face each day?  Answering these questions is not something that anyone of us can really do for any other.  Each of us will have to work to form this composite of God through the mirror that is the Bible and through the actions of the shadows of God (us).  God's persona is revealed through the images we see in the Bible and we may not always see everything the same way every time we read a passage and we may not always understand things in exactly the same way that others find their understanding. The more we study the Bible, the clearer the author of the shadow (remember we only images or shadows of God) will become. There are times when one book leads us to see this aspect of God and a very different aspect in another book.  But, as we see each of these images, like all the shadows that our species makes, we group these images into a composite and begin to see God as clearly as through a mirror.  We may not ever fully know God, but we can refine our knowledge by studying the shadows that we see in the Bible.