Pause

To be human is an incredible gift. At times we feel like we are on top of the world ready to conquer anything. Other times we feel so worn down and tired that we cannot take another step.

Remember that no matter what, we are God’s creation. God created us strong, capable, full of love, and easy to hurt.

So pause for a moment today and think about how to care for yourself and the lives around you with faithful love, grace, and understanding.

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Listen

However, we do see the one who was made lower in order than the angels for a little while — it’s Jesus! He’s the one who is now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of his death. He suffered death so that he could taste death for everyone through God’s grace.

Hebrews 2:9

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Think

We don’t often hear Jesus described as lower than anything, do we? Try not to think of it as a ranking. God literally sent Jesus to be on the dirt of this earth and not in the heavens with the angels. God sent Jesus to be among us and like us, and as this text so explicitly states, Jesus died for us, saving us through God’s grace. Wow!

Sometimes I have a hard time respecting the authority some people have earned. Why is she the captain of the team? What does she have that I don’t? If I can open my eyes to see the work and accomplishments that led that person to their position, I am better able to respect them.

This passage from Hebrews helps us see exactly why it’s a good idea to respect, honor, and glorify God. God gave us a gift in Jesus, who, being fully human, gave his life for us in the ultimate sacrifice that can never be beat or matched. Look at what God has done for us!

Ashley Lytle

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Pray

God who cares for me, thank you for the blessing of Jesus Christ, your son. Help me to see clearly the gifts made known to me through the Lord — that I may love and serve others strengthened by these gifts. Amen.

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Go

Go and open your eyes to see what lives, breathes, swirls, and twirls around you;

Go and care for the people you love and for those you do not yet love;

Go and ask for help;

Go and show God’s glory through your incredible humanity!

Ashley Lytle

The Reverend Ashley Lytle is an Episcopal priest in Decatur, Ga. She attended seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Ashley currently serves at Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church where she primarily works with youth and young adults. She enjoys playing outside, watching every event in the Olympics, and listening to guitars, banjos, and beautiful voices making awesome music.

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