Jesus, Light of the world, come and sit with me.

Shine your wisdom unto me.

Jesus, Light of my life, come and be still with me.

Direct me in your truth.

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From that time Jesus began to announce, “Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!”

Matthew 4:17

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Did you make New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, have you taken steps towards self-improvement as is the typical nature of such resolutions? Change is not easy to come by, which is why I’ve decided against my usual excitement and routine of establishing and publicly declaring any New Year’s resolutions. In fact, here’s my resolution: keep it simple and fly under the radar. How’s that for a confession of laziness!

Jesus sure isn’t lazy. Jesus encourages change when it involves a change of heart and a lifestyle that fits the kingdom of heaven. He knows, after all, how changing one’s life towards a purpose worth living for is what saves us. In that regard, change, while still not easy, is necessary and life giving. Maybe I’m ready for a New Year’s resolution after all. Are you?

Aram Bae

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Light of the world, be the change in my heart and shape my lifestyle so that it reflects the kingdom of God. Bless me with your presence, a spirit of faithfulness, and promise of hope so that those around me will choose to live in your light, too. Amen.

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Christ my Redeemer, be alive and real in my life.

Christ my Friend, be near and true to your word.

Christ my Light, be honored in what I say and do.

Aram Bae

After ten years in New York City, Rev. Dr. Aram Bae moved to Charlottesville, VA and is the Associate Pastor for Youth & Mission at First Presbyterian Church. Aram continues to teach Christian education courses as an adjunct professor at the New York Theological Seminary, but does so remotely. In addition to her passion for youth ministry, there is nothing she loves more than a (large) plate of fried chicken, barbecue ribs, and collard greens. Cornbread sweetens the pot, too.

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