In pictures, Jesus sometimes cradles a lamb or a child. Sometimes he stands in judgment holding a book. Often we see him in agony upon a cross. Sometimes he sits on his mother’s lap looking like a tiny king.

If you were asked to draw Jesus, what would he look like?

Who do you know Jesus to be?

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You, Lord my God! You’ve done so many things— your wonderful deeds and your plans for us— no one can compare with you! If I were to proclaim and talk about all of them, they would be too numerous to count!

Psalm 40:5

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It’s that time of year when things start to settle back into a routine. For most people, school is back in session. Homework and sports and activities are under way again. As this happens, I wonder how many of us stop to remember what gifts we were given at Christmas. Is there anything that still grabs your attention? Anything that every time you look at it you feel grateful all over again?

Jesus is that kind of gift. A gift given by God’s overflowing love for us. A gift that just might surprise us every time we pick it up. A gift that gives more than we can ask or imagine. Jesus is a gift, a gift beyond compare. The kind of gift that can change us and the world, if we’re willing to let it.

Phillip Fackler

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Generous God, you continually give me what I need. Thank you for the gift of your son Jesus. Thank you for sharing yourself with me. Help me to share this gift of your love and to give thanks for all the blessings of my life. Amen.

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Jesus spoke to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

Phillip Fackler

Phillip Fackler is an Episcopal priest, aspiring academic, and resident of Raleigh, NC. Occasionally, he can be found attempting to reason with his young children, relaxing outdoors with his family, or wandering an art museum.

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