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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 2, 2017

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SATURDAY, December 2

Matthew 20:31 The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!”

Today’s story from Matthew features two blind men waiting to be healed. When they hear that Jesus is walking by, they begin shouting for attention. The crowds tell the men to be quiet, but this only makes the blind men scream louder. Their cries reach Jesus. “Moved with compassion,” he restores their sight, and they follow him.

I wonder what the people in the crowd are thinking. Maybe some are frustrated that the blind men are seeking attention while a sibling or parent is dying at home. Perhaps some think these men don’t deserve Jesus’ mercy. Others might fear the scene will devolve into a riot. Regardless of their concerns, the crowd acts together, trying to stop needy people from asking Jesus for help.

I like to think that I would say, “Hey Jesus—over here! These guys need you!” But I know myself better than that. I would follow the crowd. Lord God, give me the courage to step outside of the crowd and lift up the voices of the needy rather than silence them.

MOVING FORWARD: Does your worship community have a prayer list? If so, consider adding these petitions to your own prayer time.

PRAY for the Diocese of Wellington (Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia)

Today the Church remembers Channing Moore Williams, Missionary Bishop in China and Japan, 1910.

Ps 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104 | Micah 7:11-20 | 1 Peter 4:7-19 | Matthew 20:29-34



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