Pause

Be still. Take a breath. Slowly – in and out.

Picture God stepping off the highest throne, reaching out to you, and drawing you close.

Feel the deep embrace of God and hear God saying, “You are loved.”

You are loved.

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Listen

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the one who is first over all creation,

Because all things were created by him: both in the heavens and on the earth, the things that are visible and the things that are invisible. Whether they are thrones or powers, or rulers or authorities, all things were created through him and for him.

He existed before all things, and all things are held together in him.

Colossians 1:15-17

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Think

Jesus was with God in the beginning, and through his life and actions we can see God’s love and passion for the world. As all things created, they were created by and for God – everything we see and everything we can’t see.

Sometimes we forget about this created order. We forget that all things and people are within this love and purpose. We think of kings and queens, celebrities, rulers, and people in authority like our teachers, parents, and pastors, and sometimes place them in such high regard that we forget that they were also created by and for God. Other people and things in the created world are of such low regard, that they escape our notice. We forget that they, too, are created by and for God.

It can be easy to get things switched around and forget where our priorities are supposed to be. Who or what have you been holding in such high regard recently that they’ve been placed higher than God in your life? Where do you need to look more closely to appreciate God's creation?

Melissa Kessler

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Pray

Dear God, I am sorry for the times I forget that all things and all people were created by and for you. Help me to see you all around me. Amen.

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Go

God’s kingdom is nothing like we would expect, and Jesus acts nothing like the king that everyone was waiting for.

Because of that, we are able to live our lives in a way that the world least expects – forgiving, praying, serving, and loving those around us.

Go and live differently. Live the life to which God calls you.

Melissa Kessler

Rev. Melissa Kessler is Associate Pastor at Grandin Court Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA. She loves working with children and youth and helping everyone find their gifts to serve God. She has lived all over the world and really wants to go to every continent – and yes, that includes Antarctica!

24 Preludes, Op. 28: No 20 In C Minor

Garry Bailey

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