Pause

Spirit of the Living God, come and be with me.

Awaken me to your presence.

Spirit of the Living God, come and sit with me.

Guide me in your wisdom and truth.

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Listen

He told another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field. It’s the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31-32

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Think

I wonder what your dreams were as a child. Did you dream of becoming a rock star or police officer? Did you always want to be a teacher or painter? Our childhood dreams are adventurous and limitless and exciting.

Things can change, however, as we get older and as we weather the ups and downs along life’s journey. There are times when thinking about the future is weighted with stress, anxieties, college applications, family drama, and insecurities while searching for one’s place in this world.

Today’s parable offers good news for those who want to dream again, who need a reminder that life sure is different with God. In today’s passage, Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is like a tiny seed that eventually grows up and out for the world to enjoy. Who would dare to think that the smallest of all seeds could become a home for the creatures of the sky? Only God. And this same God still dreams for you and me, too.

Aram Bae

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Pray

God of infinite wisdom and care, remind me that your power and purposes are at work in my life and in this world. When it is difficult to see the bigger picture of your plans, surprise me with evidences of your grace and steadfast love. Amen.

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Go

May the God of Love bless me and keep me.

May Jesus the Christ smile upon me and be gracious to me.

May the Spirit of Truth lead me in the path of wisdom and peace.

Aram Bae

After ten years in New York City, Aram moved to Charlottesville, VA and is the Associate Pastor for Youth & Mission at First Presbyterian Church. She continues to teach Christian education courses as an adjunct professor at the New York Theological Seminary, but does so remotely. In addition to her passion for youth ministry, there is nothing she loves more than a (large) plate of fried chicken, barbecue ribs, and collard greens. Cornbread sweetens the pot, too.

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