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Dignity and worth

Dignity and worth

Something to read

He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honour.

- 1 Samuel 2:8.

Something to think about

Rags to riches stories often capture public imagination. Global star Celine Dion grew up with thirteen siblings crowded three or four to a bed, and yet due to her musical success, she’s now worth hundreds of millions of dollars. I wonder whether extraordinary stories of this kind offer much hope to children growing up in similar circumstances.

Hannah tells us what transformation has looked like in her experience: from the dust and ash heap, places of shame and dishonour, she has been given a seat among royalty. When Hannah poured out her soul and wept before God, people around her thought she was drunk – I imagine people stepping over her in the Temple, embarrassed or scornful at the sight. But God took her seriously. As far as we know, Hannah didn’t become rich and famous in the way the Celine Dion has. Instead, she found joy in the dignity and esteem that comes from being heard, loved, and honoured by God. This is a hope that truly is for everyone.

Christian Aid’s work helps to bring about material transformation where it is desperately needed. With our partners, we also seek to restore the inherent dignity and worth which belongs to all people created in God’s image.  

Something to do

Donate something special to your local food bank today. Rather than a budget tin of beans, choose a Christmas treat that honours the recipient’s dignity and value. 

Something to pray

God of transformation, thank you that your love means each of us is significant and precious in your sight. Help me to know that I am cherished by you, and to treat others with the same honour that you do. Amen.

Today’s contributor is Rev Claire Jones