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We are limited, every one of us. There is only so much we can know, so much we can do.

God is not like us. Limitless in time, space, and imagination, God is mighty in ways we cannot fully describe; we can only trust in God's unlimited power.

Power, in God's case, is expressed in unlimited love. Rest now in the all-encompassing love of the Almighty.

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Listen

So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

2 Peter 1:19-21

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Think

When dark times come, what do you hold on to? In the midst of a time of doubt, division, and deep questions of faith, the writer of today's text encouraged readers to hold on to the memory of Christ’s glory at his transfiguration and the truth of the words naming him as God’s beloved son. "You will do well to be attentive to this," the author urges, "as to a lamp shining in a dark place."

This is the final week of Epiphany, a time of light and hope. This season has been full of stories highlighting the power and glory of Christ, the bright morning star coming into the world that darkness cannot overcome. Next week, however, begins the season of Lent — a darker time that recalls our tendency to deny and betray, to slink into the shadows rather than stay where Christ’s light illuminates. As we enter this new season, how might you keep your eyes on the light?

Abby Thornton Hailey

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Pray

When darkness closes in around me, O God, keep my gaze fixed on the brightness of Christ’s face. Make my heart attentive not to the things that steal joy, but to the things that kindle sparks of hope into bright flame. Amen.

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Go

Strong is the light that comes from our Creator,
Maker of heaven and earth.

Long is the way that leads from now to forever,
Yet we are not left alone.

Wherever you go and however you travel,
The strong arm of God
Is taking you home.

Abby Thornton Hailey

Abby Thornton Hailey serves as pastor of Broadneck Baptist Church in Annapolis, Maryland. In addition to church ministry, she works writing and editing curriculum for Mennonite, Church of the Brethren, and Baptist publishing houses. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband Victor, who is an Episcopal priest.

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