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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Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person.

Colossians 4:5-6

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It seems like our worldview has become super suspicious and critical. People are so quick to be snarky and sarcastic, especially on social media and in school. There seems to be competition to get a laugh and a ton of likes by being clever with a put-down. And we try to be cool and accepted and affirmed by the crowd that seems to be in power.

But that’s not how God made us or how Jesus taught us. We are taught from a young age that we are to welcome the stranger, to listen before speaking, and to keep an open mind. What would it be like if we greeted new ideas with a question out of curiosity rather than immediately condemning something as wrong or bad?

I try to remember that if I want the freedom to disagree with you, then I need to be okay with you disagreeing with me. If we listen to one another with a curious spirit, we might change one another’s minds. Do you need a new approach?

Bronwyn Clark Skov

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Holy One, bless me with a sense of curiosity and reassure me that I don’t need to always be in control. Help me to sense the right questions rather than quickly offering a first impression opinion. May my friends listen to me as deeply as I will try to listen to them. 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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