Pause

“All that glitters is not gold.” Stop. Take a breath. Tune out the shiny distractions all around you.

Take this moment to turn toward the Light of Christ.

Jesus shines each and every day — all we have to do is pause and see.

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Listen

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are on the road to destruction. The god of this age has blinded the minds of those who don’t have faith so they couldn’t see the light of the gospel that reveals Christ’s glory. Christ is the image of God.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4

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Think

Who is the “god of this age”? And why doesn’t Paul just give this god a name when writing to the church in Corinth? Is this like a he-who-shall-not-be-named situation?

I think the “god of this age” is vague because it’s not a one-size-fits-all problem. Who or what eclipses Jesus is different from culture to culture, age to age, person to person. But a consistent point is this: there will alway be things that get in the way of seeing Jesus shine. There will always be distractions from noticing God’s image beaming to us in Christ’s glory.

I don’t know what your gods are, but I know what mine are — worry about the safety of those I love, concern that I’m not enough, relentlessly protecting my own stuff, time, money, priorities. These are the things that get in the way. These are the things that block God’s glory shining brightly in my life.

Caela Simmons Wood

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Pray

God-Who-Has-A-Name, I am sorry that I allow these other, smaller gods to compete for my attention. I am sorry that I let all of these other cares and concerns get in the way of my relationship with Christ. Help me to turn my attention, my trust, my focus on Jesus, who is always shining brightly in glory. Amen.

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Go

Renewed, restored, refreshed, refocused on the Light of Christ — that’s you! Now it’s time to go forth and let your re-kindled light shine for all to see.

You’ve got this.

Go, let it shine!

Caela Simmons Wood

Rev. Caela Simmons Wood serves as the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Manhattan, KS. Caela is passionate about examining and dismantling systems of injustice, especially those related to race, gender identity, sexuality, and poverty. Caela lives with her husband (whom she met in youth group!), two sons, dog, and five hens (eggs!).

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