Loving God, we praise you for the wonder of human life.
Old and young, men and women, tall, short, fair skin or dark,
each one of us is unique,
with gifts and skills and flaws and failings.
You see the potential in every one.
You have chosen and anointed us for your service;
not because of how we look or what we can do,
but because you love us and want the very best for each of us.
Thank you that your love for us is so great
that you shared our humanity with us,
giving up your life so that we might live fully.
Teach us to see ourselves and each other through your eyes,
to look beyond the surface for the potential in each person
and to value and celebrate our diversity,
knowing that in you we are one, and are made new.