Paul writes to the Colossians: “Take off the old human nature with its practices and put on the new nature…”

Pause – to consider what God is inviting you to hear and to see today.

Pause to consider what God is inviting you to “put on.”

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Therefore, if you were raised with Christ, look for the things that are above where Christ is sitting at God’s right side. Think about the things above and not things on earth. You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:1-3

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Does your brain hurt a little? It can be difficult to understand the poetry and meaning of the Bible – particularly when there are phrases that ask us to think about imagining God and dying and seeing things that we really do not see.

So, step back a little. Allow your confusion or imagination to do its thing. Look at this one verse: “Think about the things above and not things on earth.” And do that! Sometimes in the midst of complex ideas we are asked to find the place where we can “grab on.” This one verse might just be the thing to grab onto today.

Take a moment to think about the words or concepts that you use to describe Jesus. As you think of each word, stay with that word for a moment. FRIEND. RESCUER. GOD MADE HUMAN. FORGIVING.  _______ (fill in the blank with your words). Because you are choosing to follow Jesus, or trying to understand what it means to follow Jesus, you get to take these very same traits into your life, into this day.

Gina Yeager-Buckley

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Dear God, I try to find you and sometimes that can be hard in the midst of my busy, crowded life. Help me look for the things that are connected to you, that define you. And help me weave those very same actions and feelings into my life. Amen.

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Go – to put on love. To practice love. To offer the love that God gives to you to the world around you.

Gina Yeager-Buckley

Gina serves as the Associate for Ministries with Youth for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Gina and her husband, Andrew, live and work in Louisville, Kentucky.


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