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Surprise. Even shock. These can be part of the experience when knowledge is suddenly discovered.

But revelations are also the source of wider and deeper understanding, resulting in personal challenge that leads to change.

Watch for new insights that result from taking these next few moments to listen for what God might have you know.

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Listen

Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

John 4:39–42

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Think

Each day, we rise and begin again our quest to know the world around us. Our quest traces all the way back to our beginnings as Adam and Eve ate the apple so that they may know the good and evil of creation. It is the desire that both fuels us and destroys us.

What do you desire to know this day?

There will be voices today that will lure you to know systems of exclusion, isolation, and death. Just like the serpent, these voices will take advantage of your innate craving for revelation. When you hear the whispers of fear, listen for the shouts of the Samaritan woman and the people from her city. They shout the good news of a knowledge that is deeper and wider than any other news you encounter. When you lay down this evening, may you rest in peace because you know that Jesus is truly the Savior of the world.

Carol Harston

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Pray

God of all knowing, reveal to me again the news of your great love. May I listen with open ears and an open heart so that I may be someone who seeks you first this day. Amen.

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Go

Go now, willing to be set free
By words that bring new life,
By grace that brings new light.

Prepare yourself for knowledge that brings peace
Which knows no limits.

God is giving you reasons to be hopeful
And a new song to sing.

Carol Harston

Carol Harston has served as minister to youth at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, since 2007. Born and raised at Highland, Carol has found the joy of caring for youth in the same community that shaped her as a young person. Outside of youth ministry, Carol has her hands full as a mom to James (3 years old) and Collier (11 months old) and wife to Drew (orthopedic surgery resident and faithful youth volunteer).

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