Sacred Music Sunday: One of Us

This month I decided to do something different. Instead of choosing a hymn, I went with a popular song with a religious message. One of Us performed by Joan Osborne was released when I was a teenager, and it was an instant hit. The song invites us to ask how we would act if God were one of us.

The beautiful thing we learn from the scriptures is that God became one of us. When the birth of Jesus was prophesied in the New Testament, we’re told that one of His names was Emmanuel, which means God With Us. In the Book of Mormon, when Nephi has his vision, the angel asks “Knowest thou the condescension of God?” The angel then proceeds to describe the birth of Jesus.

And Jesus also taught us that whatever we do to other people, we do to Him. So in that way God is one of us as well because we all carry the spark of the divine within us. We should treat one another with the same love that we treat God with because the way we observe the commandment to love God is to observe the commandment to love our neighbors.

What kind of a world would we create if we behaved as if we truly believed that God was one of us?


Trudy is a lawyer living in the southwestern US. She has two cats who allow her to live in their house in exchange for a steady supply of food and treats.

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