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God is with me; but more, God is within me.
Let me dwell for a moment on God’s life-giving presence
in my body, in my mind, in my heart,
as I sit here, right now.

from Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2012, The Irish Jesuits

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Listen

In the past, God spoke through the prophets to our ancestors in many times and many ways. In these final days, though, he spoke to us through a Son. God made his Son the heir of everything and created the world through him. The Son is the light of God’s glory and the imprint of God’s being. He maintains everything with his powerful message. After he carried out the cleansing of people from their sins, he sat down at the right side of the highest majesty. And the Son became so much greater than the other messengers, such as angels, that he received a more important title than theirs.

Hebrews 1:1-4

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Think

Have you ever heard God speak?

Most likely, we will all answer that question differently. To me, one of the most beautiful characteristics of God is how we each hear from and experience God differently. Some of us may remember an experience when we heard audible words — either through another person, or from some uncertain place — that we know were the voice of God. Others may remember seeing God somehow, in some way.

God is always with us, even if we don’t seem to “hear” God at any given moment. God uses our senses, the people around us, and countless other ways to make God’s presence known to us. This has been true throughout time and is shown throughout scripture. After generations of speaking through prophets and other ways (remember Moses and that burning bush?), God gifted to the world the most important way of hearing from God, Jesus Christ. The voice of God came to life in the person of Jesus, leaving a lasting impression on the world and in our lives.

Ryan Wilson

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Pray

God who came into this world as a child and a savior, may I see, hear, and experience you during this season of love, hope, peace, and joy. For the gift of your Son, the greatest messenger of all, I give you thanks. Amen.

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Go

Christmas highlights the belief that God is in all of us. We can ignore that, or we can help God be found in all of us. God is active through each of us for each other.

from Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2012, The Irish Jesuits

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson is the Minister of Missions and Students at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, in Atlanta, GA. He currently serves on the board of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Youth Ministry Network. He and his wife, Mia, have a happy baby boy named Bates.

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