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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 1, 2015

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SUNDAY, February 1   4 Epiphany

1 Corinthians 8:1 Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.

My first Sunday in college, I walked to the Presbyterian church that my high school youth leader encouraged me to visit. I did not know he had given the minister my name. Typical of the configuration of North Carolina brick churches built long before the 1960s, the basement was the venue for all ages to gather before they separated for classes. I could hear the singing as I walked down the stairs, turned a corner, and found myself at the back of the large fellowship hall. The minister stood up front leading the hymns.

As the singing continued, he walked down the center aisle to me, and with a warm smile said, “You must be Ann Gilliland. I’ve been waiting for you.” I didn’t miss a Sunday for the next four years. His welcoming me by name made me feel known and loved in that place. I have the feeling that something similar might happen when I enter heaven.

Love isn’t abstract. The love that “builds up” is concrete and individual. It’s about knowing individual people by name and caring about the specifics of their lives. Each of us has a calling to build up other people with love that is concrete and personal.

PRAY for the Diocese of Luwero (Uganda)

Ps 111; Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28



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