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Holy Spirit, come breathe on me.

Awaken me to your presence.

Steady me in your truth.

Holy Spirit, come breathe on me.

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But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.

Romans 8:17

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Have you ever inherited something? Maybe a piece of jewelry from a grandparent or even an old, beat-up car that still runs? You did nothing to earn the inheritance, and you may have neither asked for it nor even wanted it. It’s just yours. It has your name on it, and it’s been given to you as if you were the rightful owner all along. You can keep it and use it or throw it out. The choice is yours.

Today’s passage tells us that as people of faith we are heirs with Christ. This means we have inherited something. We have inherited the Spirit of God. We have inherited God’s mercy, grace, goodness, forgiveness, and joy. We have inherited the faith, hope, and love found in Jesus Christ. We have inherited blessings upon blessings, and the steadfast presence of God in our lives. Sisters and brothers, we have inherited a lot. We can keep it and use it or throw it out. The choice is ours.

Aram Bae

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God of glory and goodness, I thank you for loving me so much that you choose me to be an heir with Christ. With all that you have shared with me and blessed me with, help me to share these gifts with the people in my life. Help me to choose you daily and to share your love daily. Amen.

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Go

Spirit of the living God, be alive and real in my life.

Spirit of a loving God, be near and true to your word.

Spirit of a just God, be honored in what I say and do.

Aram Bae

Aram Bae is the Director of Family Ministries at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in the heart of Manhattan. She also teaches religious education courses as an adjunct professor at the New York Theological Seminary. 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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