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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 20, 2015

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MONDAY, April 20

Psalm 9:18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.

For several years, my family participated in the program “2 Cents a Meal.” We had a small paper bag in the middle of our table, and each of us put two cents in it for every meal. As we placed our coins in the bag, one family member would say: “Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten,” to which the rest of the family responded “Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.” The money was collected quarterly by our church, half of it going to a local soup kitchen and the other to hunger advocacy programs. It was a gentle reminder for us, every time we ate a meal, that others go hungry.

When churches and other organizations do strategic planning and visioning, they often put their mission or vision statement for the future into a declarative sentence, as if it had already happened. It then becomes not a goal, but something that is seen as already fulfilled.

I like to think of this line from Psalm 9 in this way. It isn’t an elusive hope or goal, but a statement of what God will do—with our help. We just need to be reminded.

PRAY for the Diocese of Nebraska (Province VI, The Episcopal Church)

Ps 25 * 9, 15; Daniel 4:19-27; 1 John 3:19—4:6; Luke 4:14-30



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