… for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26, 28 (NRSV)

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God revealed his hidden design to us, which is according to his goodwill and the plan that he intended to accomplish through his Son. This is what God planned for the climax of all times: to bring all things together in Christ, the things in heaven along with the things on earth.

Ephesians 1:9-10

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Have you ever seen an optical illusion painting? Perhaps you have seen the image that is both an old woman and a young maiden. Or the image of a saxophonist and a big head. When our eyes are first drawn to such paintings, we often can only see one of the images. For some of us, it is really hard to see the other image. The information gathered by the eye does not necessarily coincide with our initial understanding. We think there is only one thing there and then, BAM! we’re seeing something completely different! What we thought was only one thing is so much more. We think and see differently.

The same is true in Christ. Even though we may not be able to physically see a world coming together in peace, in Christ there is still another image present. What we thought couldn’t be and maybe can’t fully see just yet actually is. In Christ we are all already one in peace, woven together by love.

Molly Brummett Wudel

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God, prepare me to be open to the “BAM!” moments found in Christ. Let me not run away from them but embrace the possibility of how being open to this new way of seeing can actually change the world. Amen.

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Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

A prayer from St. Patrick

Molly Brummett Wudel

Molly Brummett Wudel serves as pastor of Emmaus Way, a Christian community rooted in Durham, NC. Molly finds life in fostering diverse relationships, dreaming outside the box, thinking theologically, drinking strong coffee, reading good poetry, enjoying hearty laughter, organizing political community, and living into Open Table hospitality. When not working for Emmaus Way, Molly teaches as a preceptor in the Department of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. She and her husband, James, and along with their precious pup, Greta, call “Bull City” home.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Clay Mottley

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