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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 21, 2014

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FRIDAY, November 21

James 5:7 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.

A couple of years ago, our apple trees produced fruit for the very first time. We planted them three years before, and after a long wait, they were ready. Only they weren’t quite ready. The thing about apples is that they look ready before they are entirely ripe, particularly the yellow varieties.

I returned home from work one day to learn that a certain two-year-old had helped herself to the fruit of the tree. The result was disappointing. The apple looked sweet and succulent but was actually hard and dry and bitter; it simply wasn’t ripe yet. Patience can be a fickle thing.

It’s hard to wait. James was keenly aware of this fact, as is every gardener. Sometimes it seems like the Lord will never come. Sometimes we stare hard at that fruit, wondering if it will ever really ripen. And yet still we say, with John in the Book of Revelation, “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Pray for the Diocese of Katanga (Congo)

Ps 102 * 107:1-32; Malachi 3:1-12; James 5:7-12; Luke 18:1-8

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