Spirit of the Living God, come and be with me.

Awaken me to your presence.

Spirit of the Living God, come and sit with me.

Guide me in your wisdom and truth.

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He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in a bushel of wheat flour until the yeast had worked its way through all the dough.”

Matthew 13:33

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A little bit of yeast goes a long way. The same could be said about kindness. One small act of kindness can make all the difference in the world for the recipient. It can start a chain of events that begets more kindness and compassion in our world.

If the kingdom of heaven is like hidden yeast that works itself through the entire dough to make it edible and delicious, then maybe Jesus is asking us to be a little more hidden than we are used to being. In a culture that values giving credit where credit is due, maybe Jesus would say that it matters less who does the good work and receives credit for it, but more so the very fact that the good work is being done, that acts of kindness are catching on in our local and global communities.

Maybe Jesus is less concerned with matters of “who” and more interested in what happens as a result. The kingdom of heaven, after all, is a delicious mystery of grace and mercy for all to enjoy.

Aram Bae

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God of infinite wisdom and grace, guide me to do justice and to love kindness so that my walk with you may be in humility. Teach me patience when I want to see quick results.  Remind me that just as the hidden yeast takes its time to work through the entire dough, so too is your kingdom of love at work in my life and this world. Amen.

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May the God of Love bless me and keep me.

May Jesus the Christ smile upon me and be gracious to me.

May the Spirit of Truth lead me in the path of wisdom and peace.

Aram Bae

After ten years in New York City, Aram moved to Charlottesville, VA and is the Associate Pastor for Youth & Mission at First Presbyterian Church. She continues to teach Christian education courses as an adjunct professor at the New York Theological Seminary, but does so remotely. In addition to her passion for youth ministry, there is nothing she loves more than a (large) plate of fried chicken, barbecue ribs, and collard greens. Cornbread sweetens the pot, too.

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