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First, God said Christ would come.

Next, Christ came.

Then, he served.

Now, he lives in you.

Take these next few minutes to look deep within yourself to see the presence of Christ, alive in you!

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Listen

Let the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute; let the kings of Sheba and Seba present gifts. Let all the kings bow down before him; let all the nations serve him.

Let it be so, because he delivers the needy who cry out, the poor, and those who have no helper. He has compassion on the weak and the needy; he saves the lives of those who are in need. He redeems their lives from oppression and violence; their blood is precious in his eyes.

Psalm 72:10-14

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Think

This week we’ve been looking at how the season of Epiphany took shape in the Bible and takes shape in our lives. God appeared to us in the birth of Jesus – and that has impacted the entire world for centuries.

Why did God do it? Well, this Psalm tells us that God’s plan wasn’t just to make us feel happy. God would send Jesus to change our whole world. The coming of Jesus would be so impactful that “all the kings would bow before him and all the nations serve him.”

Jesus would be so impactful that the lives of the poor, the weak, and the needy are saved and that the people who make our hearts break the most will find hope and healing. From top to bottom, everyone’s focus would be to care and love one another... especially the poor, the weak, the needy, the oppressed.

May the light that guided the Magi to Christ guide you now to be Christ’s hands and feet in this world of great hope and great need.

Jeremy Wilhelmi

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Pray

God, guide me now to see the world with Christ’s eyes. Guide my feet towards those whom Christ walks towards. Guide my hands to be used as Christ would use his to bring compassion and hope. Guide my heart to love one another as Christ loves us all. Amen.

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Go

O star of wonder, star of night, / Star with royal beauty bright. / Westward leading, still proceeding, / Guide us to thy perfect light.

from “We Three Kings” by John Henry Hopkins, Jr. (1857)

Jeremy Wilhelmi

Jeremy Wilhelmi is the Chaplain at University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. He has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for over 12 years. Jeremy tries to find little ways to express joy each day. As of late, Jeremy has grown quite the collection of socks with all kinds of personality to them. He decided solid-colored socks were just not joyful enough.

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