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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 12, 2016

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TUESDAY, January 12

John 1:23 I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.

Every now and then, I march. I march against practices causing destructive climate change, and I march for racial justice. I would prefer to make change by voting or by donating money to worthwhile organizations, and I still do those things, but they don’t seem to be all that effective lately. So instead, I find myself crying out in what feels to me like the wilderness of the world. I march.

John knows exactly what he is and what he is not. He’s not Elijah returned. He’s not the Messiah. He’s not the one who will save the world, and he won’t pretend otherwise. He’s simply a voice crying out, help me! I’m an orphan…calling for change and hoping that God will meet him there in the wilderness. John knows what it means to march.

We could do worse as the church than to be a voice crying out—to be a people who march. We could do worse than to cry out against injustice and violence and hatred. We cry out not in despair, but because we care about the brokenness of the world, and we have hope for change. We stand beside John, asking the world to open its eyes and make a way.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ahoada (Niger Delta, Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167.

Ps 5, 6 * 10, 11; Genesis 3:1-24; Hebrews 2:1-10; John 1:19-28



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