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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 20, 2014

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MONDAY, October 20

Luke 9:58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

There he sat, leaning against the wall of the church on a side street. Above him a poster advertised the congregation’s mission: “Take care of your neighbor!” His clothes were worn, his expression morose. He sat on the hard, cold sidewalk as if resting from a long journey.

This was someone who really had nowhere to lay his head, unless it was under the overpass where the other homeless folks gathered. As we drove past, just the thought of my well-stocked kitchen made me feel guilty. Would someone from the church feed him?

Even more to the point, would I feed him? What if he were leaning against the wall of my own church?

Like this man, Jesus, who was walking purposely toward his death in Jerusalem, had no home on earth. Yet he carried with him a priceless treasure, the promise of new life. If we are to walk with him, we also must have the courage to walk with those who have no easily observed purpose, nothing to eat, and nowhere to lay their heads.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Indianapolis (Province V, The Episcopal Church) and Iowa (Province VI, The Episcopal Church)

Ps 25 * 9, 15; Ecclesiasticus 4:20—5:7; Revelation 7:1-8; Luke 9:51-62

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