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In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea. - Matthew 3:1 (NIV)

In the 1970s, one winter afternoon after classes, I hurried to Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery to study a painting entitled Appearance of Christ to the People by Alexander Ivanov. My plan was to sit alone and reflect on the life-sized masterpiece, but a young stranger soon joined me on the...

Today's Prayer
Dear God, help us to share your word with people who cross our path every day. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Matthew 3:1-12

Thought for the Day

Interruptions are often opportunities from God.

Prayer Focus

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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