A student body often joins together to celebrate excellence and achievement – in sports or in academics – at a pep rally.

But when it comes to the life of faith, you don’t have to achieve great things to be celebrated.

God has created you and called you – and that’s something to celebrate!

So we pray:

God of Life, breathe into me the truth of your word.

Redeemer of Love, nurture my faith by the promises of your word.

Spirit of Peace, anchor my soul with your wisdom of your word.

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Lord, you have examined me. You know me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up. Even from far away, you comprehend my plans. You study my traveling and resting. You are thoroughly familiar with all my ways. There isn’t a word on my tongue, Lord, that you don’t already know completely. You surround me—front and back. You put your hand on me. That kind of knowledge is too much for me; it’s so high above me that I can’t reach it.

Psalm 139:1-6

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I wonder how many people really know you, how many people you’ve allowed into your heart, how many people you’ve been completely honest and vulnerable with. We often hide parts of ourselves out of fear of rejection. We think, "If I let her see this part of me, she won’t like me anymore… She might even tell others what I’ve shared.” We close ourselves to being known as a way of self-protection and self-preservation. Sometimes it’s necessary to be guarded, depending on the situation.

But our relationship with God is different, and today’s passage reminds us of that. The psalmist realizes that God knows and sees all. I’m talking EVERYTHING. There isn’t even a word on our tongues that God doesn’t already know! That sounds crazy. The intimacy between God and God’s creation has no limits; it is out of this world. It's also humbling and filled with steadfast loyalty and love.

The psalmist reminds us that God’s response to knowing us inside-and-out is this: God’s hand is on us still. Always and forever. God’s got you.

Aram Bae

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The way you know me leaves me speechless, God. How can you know everything about everyone and still choose to love me and be loyal to me? I don’t understand. But I do give you thanks. Thank you for seeing me and loving me still. Help me to share that love with those who need it the most. Amen.

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May God our Creator bless us and keep us.

May God the Redeemer smile upon us and be gracious towards us.

And may the Spirit of Truth lead us in the path of wisdom and peace.

And all of God’s people said: Amen.

Aram Bae

Aram Bae is the Associate Pastor for Youth & Mission at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA and teaches classes on faith development and religious identity. In addition to her passion for ministry with youth and families, she’s considering a new hobby — road biking. Help, Lord Jesus, help.

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