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By Rev. Sarah Chivington-Buck
First Presbyterian Church 

Searched and known


To be known deeply by another is both beautiful and terrifying. I believe we all long to be seen, to be understood, to really be known. Yet it is such a vulnerable act to reveal our truest and deepest selves to another. There is always risk of being judged or rejected, laughed at or dismissed. So we often play the game of revealing and concealing, opening and then closing our hearts, showing up and then hiding once again.

Psalm 139 has long been one of my favorites. “O God, you have searched me and known me!” cries the psalmist. In beautifully poetic language the psalmist describes how...

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