School has begun, and in a few short weeks, the blissful days of summer are going to come to an end. The weather will turn cooler, the shadows deeper, and the busyness of the new school year will really take over.

Though each school year promises exciting opportunities to meet new people and build new relationships at school, pause for a moment and consider the relationships that you share with others in your faith community.

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Christ is just like the human body — a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

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This passage tells us that Christ is just like the human body. This concept might seem a little confusing at first, but when you think of it as meaning: “All of us who are in Christ are just like the human body,” it make more sense. You see, what Paul is trying to tell us through this comparison is that everyone who is in Christ is one.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re related by blood, united by the same ethnicity, speak the same language, come from the same town, or even the same country. All who confess Christ as the Son of God are one and the same in God. This is really exciting because it means we’ve got spiritual family members all over the world. Now, that’s a family reunion worth anticipating!

Jason Santos

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God of all creation, you made us in your image and you restored us to yourself in Christ Jesus. Thank you for adopting us into your family. Bless me as I journey with other Christians, that I might always see you in them. Amen.

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Okay … now seize this day and those wonderful relationships you have in your church by sharing a moment with someone from your faith community. As you begin this transition to the next season, try sharing it with someone close to you.

Jason Santos

Rev. Jason Brian Santos, Ph.D. is the Associate for Collegiate Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and an ordained teaching elder in the PCUSA. He earned his doctorate in practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his research focused on the spiritual formation of youth and young adults. He currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, two sons, and a couple of unruly animals.

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