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Jesus, Light of the world, come and sit with me.

Shine your wisdom unto me.

Jesus, Light of my life, come and be still with me.

Direct me in your truth.

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Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues. He announced the good news of the kingdom and healed every disease and sickness among the people.

Matthew 4:23

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Negative headlines are a dime a dozen. A fast Twitter search or quick perusal through the most recent newsfeed confirms this. Innocent victims of civil war, a divided nation, protests and divisions, and violent shootings, to name a few. It seems much harder to find pearls of hope, stories of everyday people who are making a meaningful difference in the lives of others and their local communities. If we pay attention, however, and look carefully, those people and their stories of courage and hope are the ones that shine through the mess, making space for others to do the same.

I’m convinced that this is how the world outside the church walls on a Sunday morning experiences the gospel message. It is good news to read about a young girl winning her battle over cancer, a community of youth organizing a local food drive, and schools addressing mental health issues among teenagers. If you look carefully, you can find good news, the gospel news. I’m ready to seek, find, and be part of that kind of news. Are you?

Aram Bae

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Jesus, you are the good news of hope and salvation. Thank you for the ways you heal my pain, especially through the powerful stories of people living with and in faith. Help me to be an active part of the gospel message today, so that your gospel message is good news to all. Amen.

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Christ my Redeemer, be alive and real in my life.

Christ my Friend, be near and true to your word.

Christ my Light, be honored in what I say and do.

Aram Bae

After ten years in New York City, Rev. Dr. Aram Bae moved to Charlottesville, VA and is the Associate Pastor for Youth & Mission at First Presbyterian Church. Aram continues to teach Christian education courses as an adjunct professor at the New York Theological Seminary, but does so remotely. In addition to her passion for youth ministry, there is nothing she loves more than a (large) plate of fried chicken, barbecue ribs, and collard greens. Cornbread sweetens the pot, too.

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