Image of Love

Diversity is a Beautiful Thing by Donna Sullivan-Thomson

Image of Love was one of the first songs God ever gave me. It came at a point in my life when I was overwhelmed with how cruel we could be to one another. I believe the first step to real and lasting peace is for us to learn to see all people as human beings, known by God, loved by God, and made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26-27) Cruelty gains a foothold when another person is objectified, or at the least, seen as less than human. – Lisa <><

When we hear and heed the call to be loved, we can heave a sigh of relief and realize we don’t hold reality together by our efforts; we don’t have to spend ourselves creating and defending a self-image. God has given us our self-image as a free gift; we are created in the image of God, and we are forgiven sinners. God has called us into being; we are not our own creator; and we are not expected to be our own redeemer.
– Gregory S. Clapper, Living Your Heart’s Desire

O Lord, soften and subdue, inspire and thrill, and raise us on to the level of such glorious communion with You that we may catch Your likeness.
– Oswald Chambers

1 John 4:16b NRSV
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Image of Love
How can you say I’m not worthy?
How can you say I’m not whole?
I am a child of my Maker
Whose healing can reach every soul.

I am made in the image. My value’s secure.
I am made in the image of God.
I am made in the image of One who is pure.
I am made in the image of Love.
I am made in the image of Love.
Praise be to God. All praise be to God.
I am made in the image of Love.

How can I judge my neighbor?
How can I hate and pass by?
I am a child of my Maker
Their worth I can never deny.

We are made in the image. Our value’s secure.
We are made in the image of God.
We are made in the image of One who is pure.
We are made in the image of Love.
We are made in the image of Love.
Praise be to God. All praise be to God.
We are made in the image of Love.

Sisters and brothers come take a hand.
Together we’ll travel the path.
Breathing and dancing the journey
till we are brought home at the last.

Come let us worship. Come let us sing.
We are made in the image of God.
Let glory and honor and thanks take to wing.
We are made in the image of Love.
We are made in the image of Love.
Praise be to God. All praise be to God.
We are made in the image of Love.
Praise be to God. All praise be to God.
We are made in the image of Love.

© 1999, revised 2009 by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.
Lisa is especially interested in collaborating with someone to set this text to music or to have her original tune for this lyric notated.

For more information on the art used in this post, please refer to the copyright information page.

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