Pause

Take three deep breaths, eyes closed, and repeat these words in your head:

Breathe the Spirit in,
Breathe distractions out.

Breathe the Spirit in,
Breathe distractions out.

Breathe the Spirit in,
Breathe distractions out.

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Listen

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.”

Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born anew, it’s not possible to see God’s kingdom.”

Nicodemus asked, “How is it possible for an adult to be born? It’s impossible to enter the mother’s womb for a second time and be born, isn’t it?”

John 3:1-4

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Think

Have you ever wished you could remake yourself? Just start from scratch and try something new on for size — new style, new priorities, new way of seeing yourself and the world around you? Sometimes it’s an idea that feels both inviting and impossible.

Jesus invites us to be “born anew” so that we may see God’s kingdom. How might you be born anew today? Could you think of an acquaintance in a new light? Could you try on some new and encouraging language with a stranger? Could you listen to a friend when you would normally speak? Could you step beyond your comfort zone to discover new insights and new loves? Could you see glimpses of God’s kingdom in your life today?

Lauren Holder

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Pray

Jesus, teach me today to see God’s kingdom in my life. Let your Spirit lead me to new ways of seeing your presence in the world around me. Amen.

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Go

Let us go out into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit!

Thanks be to God.

Book of Common Prayer

Lauren Holder

The Rev. Canon Lauren Holder is an Episcopal priest at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia. She loves exploring the world with her husband through the eyes of their small children and sharing good food with good friends.

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