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Who Are You? (21 October)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

You are the one
who put me together
    inside my mother’s body,
 and I praise you
    because of
the wonderful way
    you created me.
Everything you do is marvellous!
    Of this I have no doubt.

Nothing about me
    is hidden from you!
I was secretly woven together
    deep in the earth below,
 but with your own eyes
    you saw
    my body being formed.
Even before I was born,
you had written in your book
    everything I would do. 

(Psalm 139.13-16)

Reflect: 

Who are you? In our consumerist culture we create our identity with the things we buy and wear. Brands and logos influence us and form us. Creating our own identity can lead to exclusivity and prejudice towards those who are not like us. We need to find a deeper identity to break the grip of creating our own. Psalm 139 reminds us that God is the author of every detail of my being. He is the one who gives us worth, meaning and identity as his children.

Respond: 

Reflect on which brands and logos you buy into. Do any of these resonate with you – Adidas, Apple, Starbucks, Ikea, Sony, Prada, Fat Face, Hollister, Audi… can you think of others that you connect with? How do these brands create you?

Midday Meditation:

‘People spend money on personal –appearance products and services, clothing and luxury items such as watches and cars, not simply out of desires for those particular products, or even because they enjoy reimagining and recreating themselves, but to maintain their status in society. Keeping up with the Joneses has become a full time job.’ (Vincent Miller Consuming Religion)

Evening Reflection:

Blessed are you, Lord our God.
How sweet are your words to the taste,
sweeter than honey to the mouth.
How precious are your commands for our life,
more than the finest gold in our hands.
How marvelous is your will for the world,
unending is your love for the nations.
Our voices shall sing of your promises
and our lips declare your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

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