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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 18, 2017

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SATURDAY, November 18

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

A classmate told us a story about taking up the cross. Before entering seminary, he was a physician. Among his patients were the nuns of a nearby convent. One of the sisters came into his office suffering from some chronic symptoms. My friend told her that he would order a battery of tests to reach a diagnosis. He worried silently that his patient’s condition might be very serious, perhaps terminal.

My classmate tried to conceal his concern with professional calm. But the sister detected his unease. She said to him, “Why are you troubled? I’ve spent my whole life giving my life to Jesus. What makes you think I want to take it back now?”

Taking up our crosses and following Jesus comes in many forms. Parents, teachers, auto mechanics, and short-order cooks each take up their crosses in their ordinary routines. Transformed by God’s love, we strive to make the world a better place instead of making a better place for ourselves in the world. We give our lives to Jesus by serving our neighbor.

MOVING FORWARD: Has it been a while since you attended worship on Sunday morning? Make plans to go to church tomorrow.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Upper South Carolina and Utah

Ps 87, 90 * 136 | 1 Maccabees 2:1-28 | Revelation 20:1-16 | Matthew 16:21-28



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