At times, it is challenging for us to take God at His word. Theories abound as to the “origin” of life on this planet. Yet believers (regardless of what they think of the various “theories”) overwhelmingly believe that God was a part of it all. Why not, then, allow God to tell the story—it was He who was there at the beginning, and it is He who has made us! God the Father creates through His Word (and, remember Jesus is the Word made flesh), and the presence of the Spirit of God is even noted in Genesis (which means, “Beginnings”). And we—we are made in God’s image! We are unique, special, blessed. Moreover, it is God who has re-created us in His image as He has placed His Name on us in the waters of Baptism. We are created by God and built for His purposes. To acknowledge, “I have been created in the image of God”—What would that mean for how you view your life today? What does it mean to be a “new creation” by virtue of God placing His name on us in Holy Baptism?
With Pentecost and the weeks that follow, we have a number of themes that touch on the word, “One.” We are One in the Spirit. Together we worship the One True God, who has revealed Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the living and eternal God. We are a part of One Family of Faith, privileged to call God our Heavenly Father. We are reminded that we are One in Faith as we learn about the Augsburg Confession, one of the foundational doctrinal statements of the Protestant Reformation (1530). The nexus of the unity we share is that our God has drawn us to His Son, the One who gave Himself on the cross to make us one forgiven and redeemed people of God, living and thriving within the grace He has showered upon us.