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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 2, 2015

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WEDNESDAY, September 2

James 3:1 Not many of you should be teachers.

This is my second day writing for Forward Day by Day, and these are the opening words of the Epistle. James is addressing one of my greatest fears. I confront this fear every time I teach a Sunday school class, or lead a discussion group, or indeed in writing and sharing these meditations. I am not a trained teacher or a theologian. Who am I to expect anyone else to gain insight from my thoughts?

What are we to do when we feel called to teach, lead, or share our spiritual musings? Obviously, part of the answer is to pray for God’s grace, but I think another part is to seek the wisdom of others. Ask someone whose faith journey you respect to look at what you intend to offer. Seek discernment in community.

As I write this meditation, I am reminded that I see dimly as through a mirror. But my dim vision when added to yours broadens our visual field. This month I hope we can envision kingdom living together. Please pray with me each day, that the words of my pen and the meditations of our hearts, will be acceptable to our Lord, and that we may all see something new.

PRAY for the Diocese of Sheffield and Sheffield-Doncaster (York, England)

Today the Church remembers The Martyrs of New Guinea, 1942.

Ps 38 * 119:25-48; 1 Kings 9:24—10:13; James 3:1-12; Mark 15:1-11



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