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Everybody wants to see change - in their families or with their friends, with school or politics or work or what have you.

But the teaching of Scripture is pretty plain: change starts inside each one of us, deep within.

What might God have in store for you now? Where might change begin in your heart?

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Listen

The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him. He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!” The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge.

Psalm 50:1-6

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My grandmother was someone that I looked up to. She was powerful, beautiful, strong, gentle, funny, and was able to take control of the room in an instant without using words. I was in awe of her because she could hold all of these things in tension. She could do this because, at her core, she understood who God had made her to be, and that changed her into the person she became.

God is powerful. God is perfection of beauty. God summons the earth. God summons us. God does not keep silent. God is all of these things and more. By paying attention to where God is in our lives, how God changes us, and who we are as we are made in God’s image, we are able to connect to that power and beauty as God summons us and sends us forth in covenant and love.

Shannon Kelly

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Pray

God our Creator, as I live and move and have my being, help me to see your power and beauty as you summon me into who you made me to be. Call me forth and change my heart, that I may serve you and love you and be grounded in you each day. Amen.

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Hey! Good News!

The same God who introduced Christ to the world in Jesus is still at work - in you and all around you - to change the world.

You are part of the change. Claim it. Live it. Love the change that is coming.

Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly’s passion and vocation has been and continues to be focused around ministry to and with children, youth, young adults, and families. She is now a consultant and writer, serving as the Province V youth ministries liaison to the Episcopal Church. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, Thomas Ferguson, their son, and dog.

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