Spiritual Practice

God’s Masterpiece

Katy Steele Barclay

You created a masterpiece, a work of art into which you poured your soul. You gave it life. You saw that it resembled you, and you smiled. You were about to frame it and hang it up for everyone to see, when your perfect creation cried out, “Stop! I’m embarrassed. I’m ugly, stupid, too tall, too short, too plain, insignificant, unworthy.”

So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27 (NRSV)

We are the art; God is the artist. We are the clay in God’s hands and the music in God’s heart. God sculpted, painted, composed, designed, crafted, colored us with intention.

Who are we to criticize the work of the master artist, the Creator of the universe, who also created us? God not only loves us but adores us—just the way we are. We shouldn’t hide our true selves. We should love God, our neighbors, ourselves. We are God’s children—God’s masterpiece.



God is the potter.
We are the clay.
We are made in God’s image.
Who are we to say
that we are anything less
than beautifully made?

—from devozine (January/February 2012). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.

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