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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 18, 2015

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SATURDAY, April 18

Daniel 3:23 The three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.

In recent readings from the book of Daniel, we’ve heard how King Nebuchadnezzar ordered all the people to worship a golden statue. Faithful to their God, the three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refused. This enraged the king, who had them thrown into a fiery furnace. Through divine intervention, they were delivered from the flames. In the end, Nebuchadnezzar praises the God of these three men.

I’ll admit I’ve been steering clear of these Old Testament readings. The book of Daniel is the only apocalyptic book in the Hebrew scriptures. What are we to do with these vivid stories of dreams, visions, and extraordinary happenings?

Although we might not be as courageous and faithful as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, many of us have found ourselves in the fiery furnaces of life. We have found ourselves rejected by others when we take a stand against injustice or refuse to buy into destructive cultural norms. And, by the grace of God, we have emerged from the flames.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ndokwa (Bendel, Nigeria)

Ps 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Daniel 3:19-30; 1 John 3:11-18; Luke 4:1-13

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