Lent: Image of God

by Amy Wellborn

If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. (Matthew 7:11)


Who knows the sources of our images of God? Perhaps they come from parents, our experiences of authority, our understandings and misunderstandings of what we are taught about God, our own mental and emotional landscape of needs and desires — all of them.

Some of those images are closer to the reality of God than others, and it can take a while to figure that out, to release God from the limits of our human expectations.

I desire to be reconciled to God, but I must first discern whether or not the “god” from whom I feel estranged is the one God of love and truth, or something else entirely.

God, I seek to know you in truth.


“Image of God“ was selected from Reconciled to God, Daily Lenten Devotions (Creative Communications for the Parish)  with Amy Welborn’s permission to publish it on JoyAlive.net.  Amy, mother of five, has worked as a Catholic high school teacher, Parish Director of Religious Education, writer for the Florida Catholic, columnist for Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service. She has been writing full time since 1999 and has written nineteen books and many pamphlets and study guides. She is a regular contributor to the Living Faith and Living Faith for Kids devotionals.

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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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