Pause

Breathe deeply.

This is the time for you to stop and notice the light on the window, scents in the dry winter air, and the subtle sounds that are the background of your day. Take a moment to notice the beating of your heart and the gentle brush of cloth against your skin.

These moments are a gift that Christ has given you and that you can give back to Christ, the gift of presence and companionship.

Breathe and pause and listen.

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Listen

The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

John testified about him, crying out, “This is the one of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than me because he existed before me.’”

From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace; as the Law was given through Moses, so grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ.

No one has ever seen God. God the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made God known.

John 1:14-18

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Think

We cannot look directly at the sun. The light is too much for us. Yet the light of the sun is vital. We depend on it for our very existence. Our way is lit by the light of the sun and by the light of God.

Throughout the pages of the Hebrew Bible we see the light of God refracted through those who are trying to follow God’s way. Sometimes they stride confidently, sometimes they stumble, sometimes they forge ahead by mere inches, sometimes by miles. It is the light of God’s presence that lets them see the way.

We follow the light of God in Jesus. Not only does Jesus reflect the light of God to us, Jesus IS the light of God. Jesus’ brilliance makes it possible for us to see how we can follow the way of God. It is the presence of Jesus in our lives that leads us from darkness into light. Pursue the Light.

Linnae Peterson

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Pray

Jesus, shine your light into my heart today, that I may know the path that God invites me to follow. Amen.

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Go

The wise men followed the star. They walked in the light of God’s presence and found Jesus at the end.

Go walk in the light of Christ, knowing that God is with you, and there you will find Jesus.

Go discover the light of Christ that shimmers around you.

Go celebrate the light of Christ with you and within you today.

Linnae Peterson

Linnae Himsl Peterson received an MDiv from the School of Theology at the University of the South in 1995. She is passionate about creating opportunities for Christian Formation for all people and supporting Formation programs in smaller churches as the coordinator of the Episcopal Christian Formation Network in New Hampshire.  Small town life suits Linnae perfectly and allows her to indulge her enthusiasms for crafting of all kinds and still spend time with her husband and teenager.

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