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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 10, 2018

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MONDAY, December 10

Isaiah 5:20 Ah, you who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

I worry that I give God bitter grapes when all God has given me ought to make me sweet. And sometimes, I won’t allow people to just be sweet to me—I struggle not to assume some kind of intent to gain leverage, or buy time, or pacify.

Isaiah breaks my heart. He calls me out, and I am left in tears. The sins he lays at the feet of the children of Israel are mine too. It’s so easy to pretend that he’s not talking to me, that I’m not the one with a hard heart or the wrong perspective, that I’m not the one acting entitled to a position that rightly belongs to someone else. But both Isaiah and I know better.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you feel confronted by Isaiah’s words? How will you respond?

PRAY for the Diocese of Kirinyaga (Kenya)

Ps 25 * 9, 15 | Isaiah 5:8-12, 18-23 | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 | Luke 21:20-28

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