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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 1, 2017

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FRIDAY, December 1

Matthew 20:20-21 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to [Jesus] with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”

Children come out of the womb with their own personalities. From the day I was born, I was a kid who wanted to be the best. I have managed to temper some of this all-or-nothing spirit, but this tenacity is still inside me. So I completely understand the impulse of the mother of James and John asking Jesus if her sons can sit beside him in the kingdom. Why not ask? Why not try to be the best?

Jesus’ response to this mother’s request is exactly as countercultural as I have come to expect: “Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant.” He lets us know that in his kingdom—in God’s house—there are no rulers, leaders, or tyrants. In God’s estimation, we are all winners, and our greatness is achieved in serving each other.

God, as this busy season approaches, help me remember that greatness is not about being the best but about serving others. Amen.

MOVING FORWARD: Do something today that you may not excel at and offer it as a service and kindness for others.

PRAY for the Diocese of Wau (Sudan)

Today the Church remembers Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, 1637.

Ps 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12) | Isaiah 24:14-23 | 1 Peter 3:13—4:6 | Matthew 20:17-28



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