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2/2/2019
Perspectives: Fearfully and wonderfully made

By KEITH ANDERSON

I recently visited my family in Minnesota where I had the good fortune to meet the newest member of the Anderson clan. Little Myla was one month old when I held her for the briefest of moments. I’ve always been amazed at newborns, observing their tiny fingers and toes, nose, eyes and ears. A bundle of joy; a miracle of life. Since the first time I read it, I’ve never forgotten the words of Carl Sandburg:  “Babies are God’s opinion that life should go on.”

Each baby I’ve baptized, I wonder what kind of person he or she might become. What kind of influences will shape this young life? Who will be the key influencers: mom, dad, an older sibling, a grandparent, a teacher or pastor, a neighbor, or some combination thereof?  When you think about it, each newborn baby is a mystery of possibilities, wrapped up as a living gift.

I’m certain that Sandburg was familiar with the words of the psalmist who, addressing God, wrote, “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well (Psalm 139:13-14).”

Don’t you just love that phrase — fearfully and wonderfully made? And why not, for in the very beginning of the Bible, we read (Genesis 1) that God created mankind in his own image, such that each one of us living, breathing human beings somehow reflects the goodness and glory of God Almighty, just by being alive. Wow!

May you think of the gift of life, the reflection of God’s goodness and glory the next time you hold a baby, or when you look at yourself in the mirror. For we are all fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image.

The Rev. Keith Anderson is pastor of First Lutheran Church.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.