Mankind, made in the image of God. Not some, but the first man… and all that have come after him. Image bearers.
Not made in image of one another. Not made in lesser quality duplicates down the line. Each precious to the potter who formed us in the womb, knitting us together, numbering our hairs, calling us by name before we were even a thought.
These image bearers made to rule over creation, not each other. Oh sin, how you slithered your way into garden… setting up a wave of destruction that would fall upon generations to come.
Woman made in His image, she the helpmeet and partner… not less than.
Blessed, commissioned to multiply. Not some, but all. There was no limit set on who could multiply, it was a blessing to His image bearers. Oh sin, how you tainted that union and how to try to diminish His children.
There has been a war on your creation since the beginning. The moment the apple was bitten, there was enmity in the world. Lord, we ask for your protection from all the forces that divide. The lies that tell us that our worth, value, identity is found in anything other than you. The lies that try and convince us that some have greater value, worth, or purpose than others. For Your word assures us that in Christ there is neither Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female… but all are one. Each given gifts, callings, and blessings appointed to them by the Holy Spirit to use in your service. None greater, all yours. Protect us, Lord. From those who seek to harm us. Protect us, from the schemes of the Devil. Surround us on all sides, going before us and coming behind us; as we walk in your justice, grace, and righteousness.
We stand in victory, and pray these things in Your precious name.