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God is speaking all the time. It's up to us to listen, to have our hearts open to hear.

You have before you a wonderful opportunity, a chance once again to listen for the quiet voice of God. Open your heart now to hear.

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Listen

We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return — I speak as to children — open wide your hearts also.

2 Corinthians 6:11-13

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Think

Think about how young children live with open hearts. As children, we approach the world with wonder and curiosity. We embrace new people, new things, and new experiences. We respond with simple joy to flowers blooming, or a sunny day, watching puppies or kittens play, or making a new friend.

It’s been said that hate for and fear of those who are different is something we learn, or are taught. But we were created in love to love God, to love ourselves, and to love others. When we open our hearts to God’s love for us and all creation, there are no restrictions in this love and acceptance of ourselves and others.

God’s love casts out all fear, so God wants us to live with the simple joy and faith that children have in living and loving. Today, look for possibilities and live with wonder and awe.

Jeff Light

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Pray

You call me your child. Teach me to see with eyes of wonder, to hear with ears of curiosity, and to love with an open heart. Amen.

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Go

Will your heart be open
To hear what God will say?
Will your eyes be clear
So you can follow in God's way?
God is speaking.
Listen now.
The way is clear.
Follow.

Jeff Light

Jeff Light is a Presbyterian minister from the Kansas City area. He is also a training manager for a non-profit organization. Jeff has a daughter in college, a son in high school, and two dogs.

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