by: carole l. haines
Dead weight- A person who just takes up space and has nothing to really offer any of his or her peers. Someone who is just not a team player and may even be considered a brick wall to some. (The Urban Dictionary)
Do you ever feel like that? Or have others treated you as if you were just dead weight, not worth the effort? I have, and it is so incredibly hurtful to be treated this way. How tragic that this definition even exists. God certainly doesn’t feel this way about any human being who has ever existed. God calls each one of us precious. We ought to call one another the same. We ought to treat each human life with care and concern, as we are each made in the Image of God.
5 Your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like a great deep. O Lord, You preserve man and beast. 7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. 8 They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights. 9 For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. 10 O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psalm 36 NASB)
Truly, Lord, we take refuge in the Shadow of Your wings. We come to You for healing this day from all the harmful and hurtful things others have said about us and done to us. We seek Your forgiveness for the times we have treated others as if they are dead weight, not worth the effort. We pray Dearest Lord, that You would help us to see others and ourselves as You see us, and to treat one another with kindness and grace. In Jesus’ Name…Amen!