THE IMAGE OF GOD
people, born innocent,
in the image of God, continually commit
sins, corrupting themselves and those around
with no awareness or regard for their souls
or their eternal future.
I am no longer in their number:
There, but for the grace of God, go I.
Keep me aware, good angels,
of the many graces God has bestowed on me,
and please armor me against evil.
me never forget that every human,
young or old, tall, short, rich, poor, educated,
illiterate, black, brown, tan, yellow, white,
living and dead:
all were made in the image of God.
person, good or bad, of every stature, shape
and temperament: all are made,
in the image of God, and all can be
me discount or disrespect no person,
ever, remembering always:
"Judge not, lest you be judged,"
and "Criticize no one until you have
a mile in their shoes."
I ever remember those warnings!
May I ever respect the sanctity
and the dignity and the individuality
and the intrinsic, undeniable worth
of every person, and the immortal soul
that dwells within every human.
Let me never forget that each person
I encounter has something to teach me
in some way. Help me to listen and help
you, my Maker, my Master, my God,
I pledge to keep these intentions,
with Your continuing and almighty help,
2011 Donn B. Murphy
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