We started our series “Thread” in Genesis chapter 1. There we saw how God created this world. He spoke it into being. But when it came to humankind, the crown of His creation, we were different. He formed us special from the dust of the ground.
Unlike anything else that God created, we are a reflection of Him. Now, of course, sin has caused me to be a distorted reflection of God. Nevertheless, I am made in the image of God. You are made in the image of God. The hundreds of faces we see every day are people that are created in the image of God. No matter our past, our present, our nationality, political affiliation, our denomination or religion, our skin color or the language we speak, we are still created in God’s Image. God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. He longs for the Crown of His Creation to be redeemed.
As hard as it is for us at times to see that we are made in the image of God and that He would love us and want to be in relationship with us, it can be even harder to see others that are dramatically different than us in culture, background, or practice.
February is Black History month. We are going to use this month as an opportunity to start a new segment that will run much of February, and then continue once a month called “In His Image.” It is an opportunity for us to see how God uses people from all backgrounds and cultures.
Our hope is by hearing different people’s stories, it would help us to see every person as one that was Created in God’s Image and someone that Jesus went to the cross to save!
Pastor Dan Hauser
Dr. Carter G. Woodson
“Father of Black History”
The first person we’re featuring for “In His Image” is Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Carter Godwin Woodson was an American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study the history of the African diaspora, including African-American history.
Born: Carter Godwin Woodson, December 19, 1875, New Canton, Virginia
Died: April 3, 1950 (aged 74), Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation: Historian, author, journalist
Relatives: Bessie Woodson Yancey (sister)
For more information on Dr. Woodson, please visit this website.