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There are plentiful gifts for the journey;

O God, help us to receive each one with an open heart.

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Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the Lord’s glory has shone upon you. Though darkness covers the earth and gloom the nations, the Lord will shine upon you; God’s glory will appear over you. Nations will come to your light and kings to your dawning radiance.

Isaiah 60:1-3

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There is a fire burning; it snaps and crackles as it catches and comes to life. The flames provide heat and light, both welcome on a cold and dark night. As the fire burns, sparks jump out into the air and fall to settle on the earth. If fanned and fed a single spark will ignite a new fire of its own.

Deep inside of your heart there is a spark which cannot be extinguished. Your light is a gift from God, born out of and a reflection of the light of Christ. Let your spark become a flame burning radiantly. Your flame will spread warmth to those who need comfort. Your fire will send sparks of hope and joy into our world.

Arise and shine!

Samantha Haycock

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Generous God, bestower of gifts: Help me to receive the gifts you have so freely given, show me how to put them to good use so that I might be a light to the world, through your beloved child Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Go

You are a spark.

You are love.

You are a shining star.

You are a gift God has given to the world.

Samantha Haycock

Samantha Haycock is the lay chaplain with St. Martin’s Episcopal Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She loves spreading the good news of God’s love for all people by living out her baptismal call.

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