There is so much we miss

as we look through our eyes

trained to see only the familiar

the expected

the safe.


Thank you, God, that you don’t see this way

you look at each of us

woman and man

old and young

rich and poor

gay and straight

and you love what you see.


Even in the shadows of our shame and sin,

even in the cold valleys of our grief and regret

You see us – not just as we are

but as we can be – as you made us to be.

You see the glory and the giftedness and the possibility

the nobility and the divine likeness

which you placed there.


Thank you for how you see us, God.

Please give us new eyes

to see ourselves and others

the way you do.