God, give me courage to take on this day.

Jesus, give me words when I don’t know what to say.

Spirit, give me breath so I can work and play.

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Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Colossians 3:12

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How are we supposed to “put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” when the world seems to be falling apart around us? Especially when the adults around us can’t seem to treat one another with dignity and respect?

Sometimes society needs the young people to remind us of our collective values. At school, whether online or in person, we are expected to be kind, be patient, treat others with respect, and take responsibility for our own actions.

Today God is reminding us how to be decent humans to one another. And if we are made in God’s image, then we can do this! Even when it is hard to be humble, we can demonstrate humility. We can choose to be kind rather than cranky. In the attempt, we will feel better about ourselves, and others are likely to respond in kind. Can you help set an example today?

Bronwyn Clark Skov

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Holy One, bless me with the patience to be a gentle human today. Help me to hold back criticism and offer encouragement to my friends. Thank you for reminding me what it means to be made in your image with the capacity for kindness and creativity. Amen.

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Let me be a friend to those who have few friends,

Let me find a friend when I feel lonely,

Let me walk away from danger to safety,

Help me walk in the light and love of Jesus.

Bronwyn Skov

Bronwyn Clark Skov serves as the Officer for Youth Ministries for The Episcopal Church. She is passionate about lay leadership, mentoring young people in their Christian journey, and empowering adults who work with youth. Currently she is the primary coordinator for the triennial Episcopal Youth Event and the General Convention Official Youth Presence. In her spare time, she volunteers in her home parish and is an active member of the National Ski Patrol. She works from her rural southern Minnesota home where she lives with her recently retired spouse, a dog, a cat, two goats, and four fish.

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