What images of God do we carry with us?
Do they empower us to seek and serve Christ in all people,
regardless of race, gender or creed?
Do they encourage us to strive for justice and peace
among all the peoples of the earth?
Do they help us to respect the dignity of every human being,
all of whom are created in the Divine Image?
If not, why do we keep them?
Images that induce guilt and fear (like the ones I grew up with)
can be tenacious in their hold upon our psyches.
Even when you think you have banished them they can pop up like burnt toast -
all smokey & smelly & needing a quick trip to the trash bin.
We need to expand our images of God in order to nourish our souls.
We need images that speak to the mystery that is God.
The image above is one that my adult daughter grew up with
that she would like to replace.