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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 30, 2014

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THURSDAY, October 30

Revelation 12:7-9 Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated…The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world.

The peace fountain outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is a quiet oasis in a noisy city. Drivers honk their horns and people bustle around the cafes across the street, but in the green space next to the cathedral, Saint Michael spreads his wings to the sky. Despite his victory, he does not stand proudly rejoicing; rather, he bends down lovingly to caress one of nine giraffes that surround him. Lower down, the bronze sun beams happily, and a lion and lamb sit peaceably together.

Giraffes are often symbols of intuition or vision. The fountain helps us see that the real sign of victory is not self-glorification; rather, it is gentleness and love. Standing there, I pray that we learn from Saint Michael’s guardianship for the creatures of the earth. May that selfless love fill our hearts and pour peace into our often strife-filled, always busy lives.

PRAY for the Diocese of Jebba (Kwara, Nigeria)

Ps 50 * [59, 60] or 103; Ecclesiasticus 31:12-18, 25—32:2; Revelation 12:7-17; Luke 11:53—12:12

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