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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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“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field.”

Matthew 13:44

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What’s the most irreplaceable object of affection in your life? Perhaps a family heirloom, a letter from a grandparent, or an ornament you made. It could be a family recipe, a summer lake house, or a picture album. We all have a possession that we would never trade for anything in the world, not even for a million dollars, because nothing can replace the memories and the treasures of our hearts.

When Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven as the most worthy and valuable treasure, he sure does get it. Jesus knows what a person will do to save the most important thing in his or her life. It makes sense, after all, for that is what Jesus has done for us. His life, death, and resurrection are all for us — the most treasured ones in this world. Don’t take my word for it. Take God’s.

Aram Bae

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God of infinite wisdom, I thank you for the gifts of your steadfast love and abiding presence. Remind me that a life of faithfulness is more valuable than anything this world can offer. Convict me of that truth. Amen.

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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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