God of glory and strength, come and sit with me.

Open me up to your light and truth.

God of glory and joy, come and be still with me.

Guide me in all I say and do.

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This is why we don’t get discouraged, given that we received this ministry in the same way that we received God’s mercy. Instead, we reject secrecy and shameful actions. We don’t use deception, and we don’t tamper with God’s word. Instead, we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God by the public announcement of the truth.

2 Corinthians 4:1-2

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You’ve heard the saying, “the truth hurts.” Or better yet, perhaps you know the infamous quote from the movie A Few Good Men: “You can’t handle the truth!” When you are confronted with the truth, you may find yourself feeling a little cornered. It’s a gut check, a “come to Jesus” moment that requires not only honesty and willingness towards self-awareness but also, mostly significantly, a response.

The truth prompts us into the presence of the One who is truth — the embodiment of the gospel message to love God by loving self and loving neighbor. This invitation to be in the presence of Love, Light, and Truth requires a response to this question: Do I say yes to this way of living or do I keep on my blinders?

Here’s the truth: whatever your choice may be, remember the “public announcement of the truth” means that your choice matters in this world. Being a person of the good news means being a public witness. It’s not merely an insular, private decision. It’s good news after all — and that’s the truth.

Aram Bae

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God of glory and truth, thank you for inviting me into your light and teaching me about the truth of the gospel. Help me to live into your truth today so that I may reflect faith, hope, and love in a way that is life-giving and real. Amen.

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God the Creator, bless me and keep me.

God the Redeemer, smile upon me and be gracious to me.

God the Light, lead me in the path of wisdom and truth.

Aram Bae

Rev. Dr. Aram Bae is the Associate Pastor for Youth & Mission at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA. Aram serves on the boards for Montreat Conference Center in NC and the Habitat for Humanity in Greater Charlottesville. In addition to her passion for ministry with youth & families, she’s considering a new hobby—road biking. Help, Lord Jesus, help.

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