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Once the decorations come down, where do you notice the Christmas lights still shining?

Today, take a few moments to notice and remember the people, places, and experiences where you are continuing to see Christmas light.

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Listen

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being. What came into being through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

John 1:1-5

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Think

Have you ever found that you were looking for a word? In the middle of talking, the word you were going to say disappears. You cannot remember the word. You start mentally searching for it. The harder you try to remember, the more it feels like you are wandering around in a dark room. You are bumping into things, stumbling over this or that. Maybe it comes to you a few seconds later. Maybe hours later, as you are doing something else, it pops into your head. Like someone flipped a switch, the light bulb in your mind comes on, showing you that the word was right there all along.

God is always there. Sometimes we forget that and stumble in the darkness. But we just need a little light to help us remember.

Patrick Kangrga

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Pray

God, help me when I forget you are present. Help me when I am stumbling in the dark. Help me to be aware of the Christmas light shining around me and within me. Amen.

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Go

Is the Christmas light still shining bright in you?

Take that light out into the world.

Live brightly so that others may take notice and be reminded of God's love and light.

Patrick Kangrga

Patrick Christopher Kangrga is the Director of Youth Ministries at St. James' Episcopal Church in Jackson, Mississippi. He discerned a call to youth ministry while participating in the Episcopal Service Corps. He currently serves on the leadership council of Forma: the Network for Christian Formation, a ministry of the Episcopal Church Foundation.

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