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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 24, 2017

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FRIDAY, November 24

Matthew 18:12b If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?

In 1927 the British philosopher Bertrand Russell delivered a famous lecture entitled “Why I Am Not a Christian.” As a philosophy teacher, I often taught Russell’s arguments alongside proofs for God’s existence provided by Saint Anselm and Saint Thomas Aquinas.

My goal was to help my students express their own beliefs clearly, and to encourage them to listen respectfully to differing ideas. Every semester, a handful of my students would want to know what I believed and why.

My answer to their question was, and remains, relatively simple. As a younger man, I had been bitter, angry, and judgmental—living a life that didn’t resemble the compassionate example Jesus gives. I was deeply lonely, hurting, and afraid. I was lost. Jesus searched me out, and I experienced God. That’s why I am a Christian.

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PRAY for the Diocese of The Virgin Islands

Ps 102 * 107:1-32 | 1 Maccabees 4:36-59 | Revelation 22:6-13 | Matthew 18:10-20

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