He is the father of us all. (Rom. 4:16)

“WHAT DO I HAVE IN MY HAND?” asked Miss Mary.

The preschoolers had gathered on the carpet at the front of the classroom for the morning lesson. They shifted forward, eagerly peering as their Sunday school teacher slowly unfolded her fingers to reveal the contents within.

“Ooo!” squealed Timmy. “Pennies!”

“That’s right. They are pennies. What can you tell me about them?”

Taking each penny, Miss Mary had her students describe them. All were different. One penny was dirty, one was Canadian, one was marred, one was old, one was shiny, and one was new.

After discussing the differences, Miss Mary asked, “How are these pennies alike?”

The children thought quietly. Then Susie shouted, “They are all worth one cent!”

“Good job, Susie. That is correct. Although each penny looks different, they are all worth the same amount. They all have the same value.

“You know,” Miss Mary continued, “people are like pennies. We are all different. Yet, in God’s eyes, we are all the same. We are made in His image and valued equally. It doesn’t matter if we are young or old, rich or poor, healthy or sick. God is our Father, and He expects us to treat others as He does—with kindness and compassion. It makes no difference who you are, God offers a heavenly home to all who believe in Jesus and live according to His Word.”

Look into the eyes of God’s people and see His likeness.

Sheryl Baker is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She likes to sing, read, write, and bring hope and encouragement to others.