Christ is the light of the world — the one who sees us and helps us to see with the eyes of faith. In the season of Epiphany, we ponder who Christ is and remember his ministry among the people of Israel, as well as the outcasts and foreigners.
And we remember that God has called each of us to bear Christ’s light in the world.
So what is God calling you to see in your own life? Or to see in the lives of those around you? How might others know and see God in you this week?
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Lord, you have examined me. You know me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up. Even from far away, you comprehend my plans. You study my traveling and resting. You are thoroughly familiar with all my ways. There isn’t a word on my tongue, Lord, that you don’t already know completely. You surround me — front and back. You put your hand on me. That kind of knowledge is too much for me; it’s so high above me that I can’t fathom it.
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My husband, family, and good friends who have known me for years know me pretty well. They know when I’m about to have a laughing fit. They know when I’m upset or frustrated. They know my hobbies and some of my favorite things – books, music, movies…
Still, they don’t always comprehend my plans or know exactly what I’m going to say before I even open my mouth. I don’t even know those things! But this is exactly what King David says about God. God knows us completely and intimately. God knows what we’re going to do and the ways we act and speak.
This is not a creepy divine version of that 80s song by The Police (“Every breath you take, Every move you make … I'll be watching you”). David speaks about protection and comfort. God surrounds David and has a hand on his shoulder, leading and guiding him through the difficulties of life. Knowing that blows David’s mind!
Remember, God knows you, loves you, and is with you today and always.
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Loving God, be with me as I go about my day. Let me know that your hands are guiding and guarding me no matter where I go or what situation I find myself in. Amen.next >
Go, seen in the light of Christ.
Go, surrounded by the light of Christ.
Go, bearing the light of Christ to the world.
Go, reflecting the light of Christ to those in need.
Go, seeing the light of Christ shining forth from others.
Annabelle Peake Markey
Annabelle Peake Markey is the Associate Pastor at Community Lutheran Church in Sterling, Virginia. She’s passionate about stories and seeing how the Scriptures — the story of God and God’s people — intersect with our lives today. She is married to a wonderful fellow named Jeff and is the squeaky ball thrower for Charlotte the dog.
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