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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 16, 2018

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TUESDAY, January 16

John 3:21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.

Have you seen the child wrapped in swaddling clothes? The infant Jesus was here a few days ago. How quickly he disappears after the new year begins. Just when we need him most, Jesus has been packed up as if he were tinsel and twinkling lights, just another decoration to store in an attic box or stack carefully in a basement corner.

I can’t find a sign of his birth anywhere. Even the living nativity scene in front of church is gone—just up and walked away

Wait a minute! Jesus has walked off into the real world? Then he can be anywhere—right around the corner, filling bowls and slicing bread at the soup kitchen, volunteering for Hospice, cleaning toilets at the homeless shelter, giving blood, holding the hand of a friend in the depths of chemo. Jesus is right in front of me, holding me close in this embrace.

Then Christmas isn’t over and can never be boxed up and put away. Christmas—God with us—has just begun!

MOVING FORWARD: How can you unpack Jesus’ presence in your life, inviting him into the new year in different ways?

PRAY for the Diocese of Akoko Edo (Nigeria)

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39 | Genesis 9:1-17 | Hebrews 5:7-14 | John 3:16-21

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