GOD PAUSE: In the days of Jesus, reeds would grow along the banks of the river. They'd be used to make useful baskets. In the the process of picking the reeds, a person might come across a bruised one, so it would be tossed away. Describing the life of Jesus, Isaiah 43:2 says “What is bruised and bent, he will not break; he will not blow out a smoldering candle. Rather, he will faithfully turn his attention to doing justice.” Dear Lord, everyone matters to you. There are no throw-a-ways in your eyes. No one is discarded or tossed aside. Everyone has value. We are all special to you. May we live that way, too. Amen and Amen.