Today’s Bible readings can be found here: Psalm 86:1-17 and Matthew 26:51-75.

Psalm 86:9 All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. (NIV)

Quite recently, I started collecting old tobacco cards. I came across a set of vintage racing car cards on Ebay and I was delighted with them. This piqued my interest and as I looked through other listings from all over the globe, it opened me up to a whole new world of collections. My Dad had some from the past – mostly of balloons and early airplanes – but I didn’t realize the amazing variety of subjects, themes, people and places that these colorful cards cover. I am now in the process of happily building up my own collection – mostly of racing cars, ships, military uniforms, famous people, and movie stars.

One set caught my eye the other day. It was produced in 1924 between the World Wars and is called “Children of All Nations.” The fifty cards are beautifully drawn with children wearing their traditional costumes. The set depicts the wonderful variety of people across the globe and when they are put side by side, it looks like a beautiful tapestry of humankind. I guess this is what God sees when He looks at us on Earth – a unique collection of creatures, owned and loved by Him.

The ancient psalmist who wrote today’s highlighted verse seems to reflect this. The great destiny of all nations and peoples is to come together to praise our Creator, to worship His ways, and to be called ‘children of God.’ It’s a beautiful image and is one which Christ obtained for humanity by dying for our sins. All we have to do is to receive this great gift and live accordingly – by showing one another grace and by loving one another, no matter who we are or where we come from.

Point to ponder:  Do I appreciate the beauty and variety of this unique world? How can I show my thankfulness to God and other people today?

Prayer: Lord God, we are grateful for the wondrous work of Creation and the amazing variety of life, people, and places on this exceptional planet. Help us to love one another in ways that will honor You and expand the gift of Your grace. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

Today’s image is a snapshot of the beautiful cards that John wrote about. 😊