Person = A human being, as distinguished from an animal or a thing.
Person = A human individual.
Well – that’s US!
And in Dr. Seuss’s classic, Horton Hears a Who, Horton has it right . . . a person’s a person no matter how small.
A person’s a person before he is born, as he is being born, and after he has been born.
A person’s a person when all her parts work well, and when they don’t.
A person’s a person whether people think he is, or whether they think he is something less than a person. (Remember the Three Fifths compromise of 1787? See https://www.thoughtco.com/three-fifths-compromise-4588466)
Not only is a person a person – she is a beloved person!
A person’s a beloved person, whether beloved by biological parents, by adoptive parents, by foster parents, or by our Heavenly Father.
We are the blessed ones entrusted with the “care and feeding” – the discipling – the nurturing – the educating – of the image-bearing persons in our homes, schools, churches, and neighborhoods. What a privilege!
From the Book of Common Prayer:
Almighty God, heavenly Father, You have blessed us with the joy and care of children; Give us light and strength to train them, that they may love those things that are true and pure and lovely and of good report, following the example of their Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen